Groups ranging from indigenous artists in the Kimberley to the National Institute of Dramatic Art, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives to the Australian Jewish Historical Society have won 2016 Community Heritage Grants (CHG).

The CHG program, which is managed by the National Library of Australia (NLA), provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, indigenous and multicultural groups, genealogical and historical societies from inner cities to the most remote parts of Australia. The grants are designed to assist with the preservation and improved access to locally owned but nationally significant collections.

Director-General of the National Library, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich AM, said in this year’s round, applications were received from 172 organisations across Australia. Of these, 77 were awarded grants totalling $415,075.

‘This year’s successful organisations represent our nation’s  great diversity,’ Ms Schwirtlich said.

‘We were delighted to receive applications from all over the country – including from the Norfolk Island Museum, the Broome Historical Society, Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group, the Cairns and District Chinese Association and Deaf Children Australia in Victoria.’

Since the CHG program started in 1994, more than $6.15 million in funding has been provided to 1269 projects to conduct significance assessments and preservation needs of collections, preservation needs, conservation treatment and collection management training.

The CHG program is managed by the National Library of Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia.

For the full list of 2016 Community Heritage Grant recipients, go to:


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