Secretary of State Sam Reed announced today that 33 local government agencies throughout Washington are receiving grants totaling $200,000 to help them meet their responsibilities for preserving and improving access to public records. The grants come from the Washington State Archives, Local Records Grant Program in cooperation with the Archives Oversight Committee. The Archives Oversight Committee consists of local government officials throughout the state. The grants are used to digitize and microfilm the important legal and historical records of the state. These awards were selected from a list of 104 applications requesting an estimated total of $887,000.
“For the past 10 years, this grant program has helped nearly 250 local government entities preserve records for future generations, and were very pleased to continue our support of these fine projects,” said Reed.
Locally, the Tacoma School District was awarded $10,000, and Pierce County Fire District #6 was awarded $5,200.
Other recipients include Bellingham, Bingen, Bucoda, Port of Camas-Washougal, Carnation, Castle Rock School District #401, Cathlamet, Dayton School District, Eatonville School District #404, Entiat, Ephrata, Fairfield, Issaquah School District, Lynden, Mabton, Marcus, Moxee, Napavine, North Bonneville, North Olympic Library System, Pasco, Republic, Selah School District, Skagit Conservation District, Union Gap, Washtucna, Wenatchee, Whatcom County Fire District #18, Wilson Creek, Yacolt and Yakima.
To see the entire list of recipients and the amounts awarded, visit http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/20112013LocalRecordsGrants.aspx . For more information about the Local Records Grant Program, visit http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/lrgp2011-13.aspx .