Three ACT groups will receive grants to help preserve Australia’s heritage following the announcement of the 2010 Community Heritage Grants.

The successful and popular program is providing grants worth $29,500 to three community groups and organisations in the ACT in 2010. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.

The Children’s Book Council ACT (Lu Rees Archives) received $8,800, the AIDS Action Council of the ACT received $6,700 and Craft Australia received $14,000.

Recipients attend a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop held at the National Library, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.

National Library Acting Director-General Warwick Cathro said the Community Heritage Grants program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, to encourage and assist communities to care for the nation’s heritage, whether held in capital cities, regional centres or remote areas.

“These grants are a reminder that if we don’t preserve our history now, it could be lost forever,” he said.

“The national collecting institutions that support this program are delighted that practical assistance is being provided to communities to ensure that their local heritage collections are still there for future generations.”

The grant money is used for significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation treatments, preservation training, digitisation, and purchasing archival-quality storage materials or environmental monitoring equipment.

The Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Office for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.

Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, 02 6262 1704; 0401 226 697;
Dianne Dahlitz, CHG Coordinator, 02 6262 1147;



AIDS Action Council of the ACT Inc received $6,700 for archival shelving for the collection. The shelving will enable the Council to rehouse collection material currently housed inappropriately, and improve access to the collection.

Children’s Book Council ACT (Lu Rees Archives) received $8,800 for significance and preservation needs assessments of the collection. The collection includes over 20,000 Australian children’s books dating from the 1950s as well as research files, papers, manuscripts and artworks relating to leading Australian authors, illustrators and publishers. A large collection of audio tapes of leading identities in the field of Australian children’s literature talking about their work is also included.

Craft Australia received $14,000 to digitise its slide kit collection. This collection of slides showcases the work of leading Australian craft artists and designer/makers and comprises 7,000 slides. Digitisation will enhance access to the collection with online availability.