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Washington counties and cities benefit from local records grant funding

 


Nearly $650,000 in local records grant funding will soon help local governments in Washington state protect and preserve their public records, including Fire District 3 in Klickitat County.

For example, the City of Edmonds will soon be able to organize its file room, Jefferson County will have access to new technology tools, and the Ridgefield School District can start digitally scanning its records. All of these achievements have been made possible by the Local Records Grant Program administered by the Washington State Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Klickitat County Fire District 3 will receive funds to organize its file room.

“These grants are vital to small government entities that rely on them to assist with their records storage,” said State Archivist Steve Excell. “Without this program, many of these historical records would be withering away in a closet in a forgotten back room. Thankfully, this year the Legislature extended the Local Records Grant Program so cities and counties can continue receiving state assistance managing their records.”

The Local Records Grant Program was established by the Legislature in 2017 to help improve records retention, management, and disclosure of public records. Any local government agency or entity, such as counties, cities, towns, fire districts, school districts, hospital districts, port districts, public utility districts, transit authorities, and other special purpose districts are eligible.

For a list of all the grant awardees in the most recent cycle, as well as a map of Washington depicting all the local governments that have received assistance through the program, visit the State Archives’ website at http://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/archives/recordsmanagement/advice-sheet-list-of-grants-awarded-for-third-grant-cycle-2019-20-(june-2019).pdf. To see how other local governments across Washington have been assisted by the program, visit the State Archives’ website at http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives.

 

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