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Woll Memorial Fund

Grants for school and public libraries.

This fund was established to perpetuate Christina Woll’s love of reading and commitment to providing quality literature for children. Based on the merits of individual applications, awards of up to $1000 will be granted PRIOR to the TLA Annual Conference to Texas school or public libraries that demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • A commitment to providing a collection of quality children’s literature.
  • A need to develop or enhance a particular part of the overall collection.
  • A need to develop or enhance a particular program.
  • A need to support a particular part of the curriculum.

Applications for the 2020 Woll Grant are now OPEN. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2020.

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Committee Members

Krista Saulter, Chair
Misty Schattle, Vice Chair
Melinda Lanham
Lori Wallis
Beth Enochs
Dora Castillo
Rachel Hadidi
Mary Taggart Sikes

FAQs

Who can apply?

Any Texas public or school library that serves children 12 or under. Applicant must be a TLA member

Can a current Woll Committee member or a librarian from a Woll Committee member's affiliated school district, public library, or private library apply for a grant?

No, not during that librarian’s tenure as a committee member.

What are some general application tips?
  • Read the entire application and all instructions before starting to prepare your responses.
  • Pre-composing your responses to paste into the online form is recommended; a hard copy version (doc) is available for your reference.
  • DO NOT omit any questions.
  • Clearly and concisely state the purpose of the project.
  • Be specific when explaining the project. Include the dollar amount for funding of your project as well as specific examples of the content or subject area or genre or series the grant money would be used for rather than a broad statement.
  • Have someone read your grant proposal before you submit it.
When/how will the grant applicants be notified of the committee's decisions?
  • Before TLA Annual Conference registration is due.
  • The chair of the committee will notify the award recipients by phone, with follow-up official letter by mail.
  • All other applicants will be notified by the chair by email.
Will grant recipients receive formal recognition at the TLA Annual Conference?
  • Yes. Award winner(s) will be recognized at the Texas Bluebonnet Award luncheon. We encourage attendance (but it is not mandatory) by award recipients, but expenses CANNOT be paid by the committee to attend conference and/or the luncheon.
  • Reserved seating at the Texas Bluebonnet Award luncheon will be for only one person representing the Woll Grant library
How will the grant be administered if I successfully receive funding?
  • Recipients will furnish the Woll committee chair with a report detailing expenditure of the funds, accompanied by supporting documentation, such as invoices.
  • The check will be sent to the library once the Woll committee chair notifies the TLA office that they have received the proper documentation from the library.
  • TLA will furnish special bookplates for the books purchased through the grant.
  • Within six months of receipt of funding, use the evaluative measures indicated on the grant application to write a report to the current Woll chair detailing the impact of the grant on your library’s collection.
Can a library reapply if it has been awarded a Christina B. Woll grant in the past?

Yes, but it must be 3 years since they were awarded the grant. Example: Award in 2012 can reapply in 2016.

 

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