Community groups should apply for heritage grants

COMMUNITY groups are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to $15,000 to help preserve cultural heritage collections of national significance.

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said funding was available from the 2015 round of the Federal Government's Community Heritage Grants. 

"The Community Heritage Grants program is now managed by the National Library and is accepting grant applications to help communities to better preserve their local heritage," he said.

"I encourage community groups in Wide Bay to submit funding applications for eligible projects under the program.

"Community organisations including historical societies, museums, public libraries, archives, Indigenous and migrant community groups which have public collections are eligible to apply."

The grants can assist with a broad range of activities including

  • preservation needs assessments for collections
  • the purchase of archival quality storage materials
  • preservation training projects
  • conservations activities, including cleaning treatment or rebinding
  • purchase and installation of environmental control and monitoring equipment
  • copy of materials once originals have been preserved
  • cataloguing or collection management software

The grants are available for projects which help preserve nationally significant collections and any Australian, incorporated, not-for-profit community organisation is eligible to apply.

"The Community Heritage Grants provide an opportunity for communities to improve local knowledge about the heritage of their area, as well as preserving the work of earlier generations," Mr Truss said.

"The Wide Bay region is well known for its rich and fascinating history, much of which is located in smaller communities and preserved and documented thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers and community groups.

"Given the interesting history of our region, there may well be communities and groups in Wide Bay which have historical conservation projects that are eligible for funding under the Community and Heritage Grants program.

"Our Australian heritage is a great national asset and this builds on the former Howard Coalition Government's initiative to make the National Collection accessible via the internet, making it easier for people to experience important parts of Australia's past online.

"I encourage local community groups and individuals to apply for these grants which enhance our knowledge of the past and preserve that knowledge for the future."

For more information, visit www.nla.gov.au/chg.

Applications for funding close on May 1.