Sadie Macdonald's Florence Nightingale Medal awarded in 1953. Queensland Women's Historical Association. (2015 CHG recipient).

The National Library of Australia is calling for applications  to the 2017 Community Heritage Grants (CHG).

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. Eligible projects include significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation activities, collection management and training workshops.

The National Library manages the Community Heritage Grants Program—which is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts—with the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.

The Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, said the program, which began in 1994, had provided more than $6 million to a total of 1,269 projects around Australia—from cities to the remotest of regions.

‘I would like to encourage representatives from historical societies, museums, libraries, Indigenous groups, migrant community groups—everyone who believes they have a special collection in their local community, to apply for this year’s CHG,’ Dr Ayres said.

‘Through these grants, you will receive expert guidance to assess the significance of such collections and financial help to carry out the work required to document, preserve and provide access to them.’

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 knowledge back to their communities.

Applications, which should be submitted online at, close on Monday 8 May 2017.

CHG Contact: Fran D’Castro, CHG Coordinator, 02 6262 1147 or

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