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Local government agencies receive grants to preserve local records

Fifteen local agencies receive more than $500,000

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Department for Libraries and Archives, within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, announced the recipients of the Local Records Grant Program funds to preserve and manage local government records.

The Local Records Program helps to preserve, protect and make available records with continuing archival value and assist local agencies with records management through direct services, training and grant support.

KDLA has awarded 15 grants statewide totaling $561,593 of fiscal year 2019 Local Records Grant Program funds. Funds are made available through fees enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly to preserve and retain local public records. Any local government agency may apply for this grant.

The 2019 Local Records Grant Program funds have been awarded to the following recipients:

  • Bath County Clerk – $4,668
  • City of Bowling Green – $50,685
  • Bourbon County Clerk – $90,303
  • Carroll County Clerk – $11,365
  • Fleming County Clerk – $29,830
  • Gallatin County Clerk – $39,350
  • Jefferson County Clerk – $10,354
  • Kenton County Clerk – $109,088
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Council Clerk – $11,670
  • Lincoln County Fiscal Court – $52,688
  • McCracken County Public Schools – $36,080
  • Nelson County Clerk – $47,380
  • Paducah Police Department – $23,974
  • Planning and Development Services of Kenton County – $4,815
  • Trigg County Clerk – $39,343

“These funds will allow local agencies to preserve, manage and provide access to records in a way that benefits both the agency and the public,” KDLA Commissioner Terry Manuel said. “It is important to ensure that citizens have access to these local records now and in the future.”

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 Grant funds have supported work in microfilming, preservation, equipment, automated indexing, digital imaging systems and codification of ordinances.

KDLA provides equitable access to quality library and information resources and services, as well as helps public agencies ensure that legislatively mandated documentation of government programs is created, efficiently maintained and made accessible.

For more information on resources, programs and services visit the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives website or call 502-564-1753.