The National Library is calling for applications for the 2006 Community Heritage Grants.

The grants of up to $10 000 are available to community groups around the country to preserve locally held nationally significant cultural heritage collections for future generations.

The wide range of collections that qualify includes artefacts, textiles, business records, journals, letters, photographs, drawings, sketchbooks, maps, sound recordings and films.

Representatives from historical societies, museums, public libraries, archives, and Indigenous and migrant community groups are encouraged to apply. Applications close on Friday 9 June 2006 .

The Community Heritage Grants Program also funds preservation and collection management workshops for staff and volunteers from community organisations to improve their skills when working with heritage collections.

Over the past 13 years a combined total of almost $1.7 million in funding has been provided to 426 projects to implement preservation surveys; re-housing of collection items in archival storage containers; reformatting through microfilming or digitising; conservation treatment and environmental control.

The 2006 Community Heritage Grants Program is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the Australian Film Commission through the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum of Australia.

Information, guidelines and application forms are available at

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