A maximum of $15,000 (GST inclusive) in funding is available per organisation, plus a place for first time CHG recipients at a preservation workshop in Canberra. Allocation of grants are based on the recommendations of the assessors and availability of funds. No applicant can be guaranteed funding nor can any applicant be guaranteed funding to the full amount requested. Funding may vary from year to year and it is not possible to fund all worthwhile projects.

It is strongly recommended that collections are catalogued before applying for a significance assessment. Consider an application for cataloguing or collection management software first.

Funding priority will be given to projects that are being carried out in a logical order prioritised as follows:

Step 1. Significance assessments
Step 2. Preservation needs assessments
Step 3. Conservation activities and collection management - resulting from the prioritised recommendations of a preservation needs assessment, such as:

  • Rehousing collections in suitable storage
  • Conservation activities, including cleaning, conservation treatment or rebinding
  • Purchase and installation of environmental control and/or monitoring equipment
  • Reformatting of original material for preservation and access purposes and ongoing planning for the collection’s maintenance (includes audiovisual and digitisation projects)

Training Projects

Organisations may apply for funding for training projects irrespective of whether significance or preservation needs assessments have been conducted.  Assessors will determine the merits of proposed training projects on criteria such as expected benefits for staff, volunteers and collection, the quality and appropriateness of the training proposed, the credentials of the trainers, and the perceived value for money of the proposal.

Training topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Collection care and handling
  • Cataloguing
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Collection management
  • Assessing significance


Organisations may apply for the purchase of cataloguing or collection management software irrespective of whether significance or preservation needs assessments have been conducted. Applicants should demonstrate that they have researched software options and considered ongoing expenses such as licensing costs, upgrades and technical assistance.