Funding to preserve community heritage collections

The National Library is calling for applications for the 2007 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.

Activities supported include significance assessments, preservation surveys, purchase of archival storage, digitisation, conservation treatments and environmental control.

Collection management workshops for staff and volunteers from community organisations to improve their skills when working with heritage collections are also encouraged.

Representatives from historical societies, museums, public libraries, archives, and Indigenous and migrant community groups are encouraged to apply. Applications close on Friday 8 June 2007.

Over the past 14 years a combined total of over $2 million in funding has been provided to 506 projects. The 2007 Community Heritage Grants Program is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; the Department of Communications, Information Technology and 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:

Susan Grigson
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
( (02) 6262 1571; 0410 627 684
sgrigson@nla.gov.au