The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for the 2015 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.

The National Library manages the Community Heritage Grants Program - which is funded by the  Australian Government  through the Ministry for the Arts, Attorney General’s Department - with the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.

The Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the program, which began in 1994, had provided more than $5 million for a total of 1,117 projects around Australia – from cities to the remotest of regions.

‘I would like to encourage representatives from historical societies, museums, public libraries, archives and Indigenous and migrant community groups and other interested people to apply for this year’s grants,’ she said.

‘The grants allow such groups to ensure the longevity of nationally significant collections which chronicle Australian lives past and present. First-time recipients are invited to Canberra to receive their grant and enhance their skills through the expertise of institutions like the National Library – and take that new knowledge back to their communities to ensure their collections are preserved and managed for future generations.’

Applications, which should be submitted online at www.nla.gov.au/chg, close on Friday 1 May 2015 at 5pm (AEST).

Information, guidelines and application forms are available at www.nla.gov.au/chg/  

CHG Contact: Mary-Louise Weight, CHG Coordinator, 02 6262 1147 or mweight@nla.gov.au

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