One ACT group will receive a grant to help preserve the territory’s heritage following the announcement of the 2008 Community Heritage Grants.

The successful and popular program is providing a grant worth $4 000 to one community group in 2008. The funds are to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.

The ACT recipient is the National Trust of Australia (ACT), which will receive the money for a significance assessment of the Ken Tutty Collection of photographs of original working drawings and architectural plans of Canberra's major government buildings. These include: the Institute of Anatomy, Australian War Memorial, the National Library, Albert Hall and Old Parliament House.

Recipients attend a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop held at the National Library, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.

National Library Director-General Jan Fullerton said the Community Heritage Grants program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities.

“It is all about working together to help spread the message that if we don’t preserve our history now, it could be lost forever,” she said.

“Through sharing this knowledge, the information can be taken back to the communities where it is most needed to ensure that local heritage collections are still there for future generations.”

The grant money is used for significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation treatments, preservation training, digitisation, and purchasing quality storage materials or environmental monitoring equipment.

The Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.

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