Applications open for community heritage projects

LOCAL organisations requiring support to preserve and conserve Australian heritage are invited to apply for a Community Heritage Grant.

Managed by the National Library and funded by the Australian Government, the grants program provides grants of up to $15,000 each to help organisations maintain nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects at the local level.

Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, encouraged local non-profits to apply.

"The local library, archive, museum, historical society, Indigenous groups and migrant community groups with a significant historical collection may be eligible for funding," he said.

"These grants help to protect Australia's heritage and they provide both funding for conservation projects and access to expertise from highly experienced professionals in our national collecting institutions," Mr Hogan said.

"This is a great opportunity for locals to access resources and develop the skills to manage historical collections of artefacts, letters, photographs and audio-visual material."

The 2016 Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library in conjunction with the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.

Applications close May 9 and can be submitted online at www.nla.gov.au/chg.



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