The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for the 2013 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.

Director-General of the National Library, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, encouraged representative from historical societies, museums, public libraries, archives and Indigenous and migrant community groups to apply.

 ‘To the many groups around the country which are playing their part to help preserve Australia’s history, we invite you to apply for the 2013 grants so the nation can continue to benefit from your culturally significant work.’

 Applications, which should be submitted online at www.nla.gov.au/chg, close on Wednesday 1 May 2013 at 5pm (AEST).

 Since 1994, a combined total of around $4.5 million in funding has been provided to 966 projects.

The 2013 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 through the Office for the Arts; 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 shopman@nla.gov.au

 Sharyn O’Brien, CHG Coordinator, 02 6262 1147 or sobrien@nla.gov.au