The “Help a Library Worker Out - Dallas” Fund (HALO-DALLAS) is a project of Friends of the Dallas Public Library, a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting Dallas Public Library and it's staff. Inspired by EveryLibrary Institute's national HALO program, we're standing with our librarians and library staff who are experiencing personal or household financial difficulties during this time of crisis. Through an ongoing fundraising effort, Friends of the Dallas Public Library will make one-time, ‘no strings attached’ grants of up to $250 to qualified individuals in Dallas on a funds-available basis. The HALO-DALLAS Fund is supported by wonderful individual donors and a generous opening contribution from Friends of the Dallas Public Library.

If you are a Dallas Public Library employee and have been furloughed, we invite you to apply. Eligibility is limited to furloughed library workers, librarians, and library staff from Dallas Public Library.

Personal Eligibility for HALO-DALLAS Grants:  

  1. I am a furloughed Dallas Public Library worker, librarian or staff member.
  2. I (or a member of my household) am seeking enhanced unemployment benefits and other appropriate financial and other supports under the CARES Act, FFCRA, and other state or local programs (see below);
  3. I am asking for this HALO-DALLAS Grant to help fund personal expenses such as food, rent or mortgage payments, cellphone and internet expenses, medicine, or household needs and I will not use it for illegal activities; 
  4. I am a resident of the US or its territories and able to receive a grant from the Friends of the Dallas Public Library by check. 

Grants will be made on a rolling basis as funds are available. Applicants may not receive a grant immediately, or at any time, if funds are not available. Applicants will be asked to provide personal information in order for Friends of the Dallas Public Library to fulfill this grant and to report it properly to the IRS. HALO-DALLAS Grants are one-time grants per individual or household. There is no obligation to repay this grant to Friends of the Dallas Public Library.

Please review the eligibility requirements before you make your application. 

If you meet these eligibility requirements and are comfortable with these conditions, please use the form below to submit your application. If you need assistance in filling out this application or if you need this application in another format, such as a PDF or a large-print version, please send that request to


Donate to "Help a Library Worker Out " - Dallas through Friends of the Dallas Public Library. Donations help Dallas Public Library staff who have been furloughed and need help with housing expenses, child care, groceries, or other expenses during this crisis. We are all in it together. 

HALO DALLAS Fund Application