FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2016
The Connecticut State Library Awards 123 Historic Documents Preservation Grants to Municipalities
Hartford, CT- The Connecticut State Library has awarded grants totaling $536,500 to 123 municipalities through the Historic Documents Preservation Program. This program provides funding for projects that improve local government records preservation, management, and access. Established in 2001, the program has funded over two thousand records projects and has distributed over $15 million in grants to municipalities to date. With these grants, municipalities are preserving early town records; scanning records to provide for electronic public access; microfilming records to ensure long-term records security; purchasing records storage equipment, software and hardware; and improving the organization and management of their public records. By improving their records management programs, municipalities are increasing efficiencies, lowering costs, enhancing public service, and helping to ensure the long-term preservation of essential public records. Every municipality is eligible to receive a targeted grant each year in one of two grant cycles. A list of municipalities awarded grants under Cycle 1 for FY 2017 is available on the State Library website at ctstatelibrary.org/publicrecords/hdpp.
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LeAnn R. Power, CRM