The National Library is calling for applications for the 2012 Community Heritage Grants.

 The grants of up to $15 000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects for future generations.

 Projects supported include significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation activities and collection management.

Applications for grants for collection management training workshops for staff and volunteers from community organisations to improve their skills when working with heritage collections are also welcome.

Representatives from historical societies, museums, public libraries, archives and Indigenous and migrant community groups are encouraged to apply. 

 Applications close on Friday 4 May 2012.

Since 1994, a combined total of over $4 million in funding has been provided to 888 projects.

The 2012 Community Heritage Grants Program is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum of Australia.

Information, guidelines and application forms are available at www.nla.gov.au/chg/   

 Media Contact:

Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, National Library of Australia

02 6262 1704 or 0401 226 697 shopman@nla.gov.au

Dianne Dahlitz, CHG Coordinator, 02 6262 1147; ddahlitz@nla.gov.au