Some of the 2018 CHG recipients pictured with Director-General of the National Library, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres

Subjects ranging from meteorological instruments and the history of law in Western Australia, to conservation of a temple drum in Cairns, to preservation of Indigenous language materials in the Northern Territory - these are just a few examples of the diversity of the collections of recipients of the 2018 Community Heritage Grants (CHG).

Now in its 25th year, the CHG program has provided funding of $6.89 million to 1,385 organisations and community groups across Australia to preserve and provide access to nationally significant Australian cultural heritage material held by community groups across the country.

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.

Director-General of the National Library, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, said in this year’s round applications were received from 121 organisations across Australia. Of these, 60 were awarded grants totalling $367, 470.

Dr Ayres said the National Library was particularly delighted this year to again receive applications from all over the country – including from the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame (NT), Perth Observatory Volunteer Group (WA), Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum (NSW), Sovereign Hill Museums Association (Vic) and the Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc (Qld).

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 (NAA); National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA); National Library of Australia (NLA); and the National Museum of Australia (NMA).

View the full list of 2018 Community Heritage Grant recipients here.

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