Multicultural groups are encouraged to apply for the 2009 Community Heritage Grants, managed by the National Library of Australia, before applications close on 5 June.

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 of collections, preservation needs assessments, purchase of archival storage materials, digitisation, conservation treatments and environmental control.

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

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

Since 1994, a combined total of over $2.8 million in funding has been provided to 661 projects.

The 2009 Community Heritage Grants Program is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia, the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage 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 Community Heritage Grants

Media contacts:
Sally Hopman, 02 6262 1704;
Ellen Peterson, 02 6262 1571;