The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for the 2005 Community Heritage Grants (CHG).

Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to community groups around the country to preserve their nationally significant cultural heritage collections.

The program also facilitates preservation and collection management workshops for staff and volunteers from community organisations to improve their skills when working with heritage collections.

Representatives from community organisations such as historical societies, museums, public libraries, archives, Indigenous and migrant community groups are encouraged to apply. Applications close on Friday 10 June 2005.

Over the past 12 years the program has provided over $1.2 million in funding to 350 projects. These have included: preservation surveys; re-housing of collection items in archival storage containers; reformatting through microfilming or digitising; conservation treatment and environmental control, for items such as business records, journals, letters, photographs, drawings, sketchbooks, maps, sound recordings and films. This year organisations can also include the preservation of artefacts and objects in their project proposals.

The 2005 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 and the National Museum of Australia.

Information, guidelines and application forms are available at

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