Ky. government agencies receive grants to preserve local records

Ky. government agencies receive grants to preserve local records
The Department for Libraries and Archives in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced 10 recipients of more than $220,000 in grant money to help preserve and manage local government records. (Source: Pexels)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - The Department for Libraries and Archives in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced 10 recipients of more than $220,000 in grant money to help preserve and manage local government records.

The first round of 2021 Local Records Program grant funds have been awarded to the following recipients:

  • Bullitt County Sheriff - $30,000
  • Edmonson County Clerk - $10,540
  • Gateway Area Development District - $5,500
  • Henderson County Clerk - $54,405
  • Muhlenberg County Clerk - $25,600
  • Nortonville City Clerk - $7,980
  • Paducah City Clerk - $8,640
  • Paducah Police Department - $33,529
  • Trimble County Clerk - $18,320
  • Union County Clerk - $25,724

The program helps to protect and make available records with continuing archival value and helps local agencies with records management through direct services, training and grant support.

“Preserving Kentucky’s local records for future use in an organized and accessible fashion is an important function of a transparent government,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “During the 36-year history of KDLA’s Local Records Program, about $25 million has been distributed across Kentucky in grants. If not for these local grants, many valuable records would be lost forever.”

KDLA awarded 10 grants statewide totaling $220,238 in the first round of fiscal year 2021 Local Records Program grant funds. Funds are made available through fees enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly to preserve and provide access to local public records. Any local government agency may apply for this grant.

With four regional administrators working with local officials, KDLA ensures professional archival and records management assistance in county and city offices, school districts and health departments.

Local Records Program grant funds have supported work in microfilming, preservation, equipment, automated indexing, digital imaging systems and codification of ordinances.

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