Día Grants

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Applying for a TLA – Día de los niños/Día de los libros Grant

The Children’s Round Table (CRT) of the Texas Library Association invites you to celebrate quince años (fifteen years) of the Día de los niños, Día de los libros literacy program for children. In celebration of fifteen years, CRT announces that 14 mini-grants in the amount of $300 each are available for libraries and schools hosting an exemplary Día event in 2011. Día Grants are made possible using CRT funds as well as general TLA funds. 2011 promises to be a great year for Día. and we look forward to celebrating with libraries and schools across Texas. Join us!

All submissions are reviewed and judged by the Children’s Round Table Día de los niños, Día de los libros committee. Libraries and schools that plan and implement Día programs in 2011 are invited to submit an application. The deadline has been extended to February 21. The winner will be announced by March 9, 2011, and the recipients of the mini-grants will be recognized at the 2011 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.

Application Guidelines

  1. While broad community partnerships are encouraged and contribute to award-winning applications, the primary sponsor of the Día program must be a library or school.
  2. Applicant must be a member in good standing of the Texas Library Association and the Children’s Round Table.
  3. Día programming must take place during 2011.
  4. The event must be literacy-focused and emphasize multicultural activities.
  5. The $300 award stipend will be used to enhance Día programs.
  6. Applications will be judged by the following:
  •   Literacy focus and creativity of programming
  •   Level of involvement of partnering agencies
  •   Extent of publicity campaign
  •   Impact of programming
  •   Demonstrated support for and commitment to Día’s goals

The following are not eligible to apply for the award:

  • Library systems or schools/school districts employing current TLA Día committee members.
  • Día celebrations featuring author and Estela & Raul Mora Award sponsor Pat Mora; and
  • political, religious or commercial groups.

Submitting an application

You are encouraged to use the ONLINE FORM, which will ask for the information detailed below.

Section 1: Introductory will be entered directly into the form.

Section II: This information should be compiled in a Word document (12 point font; double-spaced text) or equivalent PDF that you will upload while completing the online form.

If, for some reason, you prefer not to submit the materials online, please format Section I as a cover page for the rest of your application and send as an email attachment to TLA. Submission deadline is January 28, 2011.



  • Name of applicant
  • Name of institution
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • TLA Member Number
  • A one-paragraph summary highlighting the anticipated success of your program
  • Statement of support and commitment that includes:
    • A statement of support from your library supervisor or school principal.
    • A written commitment to Día’s goals.


Narrative description (40 points)

Describe your future Día celebration. The celebration must be literacy-focused, with an emphasis on multicultural activities. Describe the activities that will be presented, including estimated total attendance. What are the goals for your Día celebration and how do you anticipate meeting those goals? What are the demographic goals of your Día and how will you reach them?

Partnering organizations (20 points)

Briefly describe the level of involvement of any organizations you are partnering with to plan your event.

Publicity (20 points)

Explain how you will publicize your event, including print and non-print media. These may also be included
   as links.  Bilingual publicity is highly encouraged.

Impact (20 points)

Describe the following:

  1. If this is your institution’s first or second Día, describe the motivation for beginning this annual celebration and your perceptions of this early effort. What do you plan to accomplish and learn?
  2. If your institution has a history of Día celebrations, please outline that history and how your celebration has evolved. What are some accomplishments? What has been learned? What will you do differently for the proposed celebration?
  3. What impact would winning the award have on next year’s Día celebration?

Application must be submitted by 5:00 PM February 21, 2011.

Created on Dec 10, 2010 | Last updated January 26, 2011