The Records Management and Preservation Board (RMPB) has awarded $398,480 in grant funds to 37 West Virginia county commissions for county records management and preservation projects through its County Records Management and Preservation Grants program. The board reviewed submissions and made its recommendations in January for projects to improve management, storage conditions, access, and preservation of public records held in several county offices. Following official letters announcing the successful grants, RMPB staff will provide technical assistance in setting up the grant projects, which officially begin with the new fiscal year July 1, 2012. A complete list of recipients is attached.
The RMPB was created by the West Virginia Legislature in 2000 to develop a system of records management and preservation for county governments. Funding for the grants program comes from filing fees collected by county clerks and deposited in the special Public Records and Preservation Account. Applications for the next grant cycle will be available September 1.
For more information about the Records Management and Preservation Board’s annual grant program or the work of the RMPB, contact Denise Ferguson, records archivist for West Virginia Archives and History of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, by phone at (304) 558-0230, ext. 150, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at Records Management and Preservation Board, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, WV 25305-0300. Information can be accessed electronically at www.wvculture.org/history/rmpb/rmbp.html.
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