Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Member for Wentworth, have encouraged local not-for-profit community organisations to apply for the Community Heritage Grants Program.
Grants of up to $15,000 are available for community organisations such as public libraries, museums, historical societies, Indigenous and multicultural groups to help preserve and protect nationally significant collections.
“These grants can help Wentworth preserve and display culturally important collections such as artefacts, letters, diaries and photographs. The grants can make all the difference to keeping these items intact and available to the wider community,” said Mr Turnbull.
Minister Fifield said the Community Heritage Grants Program also offers collection management training workshops in the regions to assist staff and volunteers preserve significant items.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to preserving Australia’s unique natural, historical and Indigenous heritage collections. The program is an important way of protecting culturally significant items in our regions and connecting community groups with our national institutions, like the National Library of Australia, to share their knowledge and expertise.”
“Since the program started over 20 years ago, it has provided over $6 million to more than 1,200 groups and communities.”
The Community Heritage Grants Program is administered by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the Department of Communications and the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.
Applications open on Monday 6 March and close on Monday, 8 May 2017.
The guidelines and application form are available at: www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg