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Now in its 27th year, the Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community groups to help preserve and manage locally held but nationally significant cultural heritage collections.

Since the program began in 1994, more than $7.26 million has been allocated to 1,445 collection preservation and management projects. The program has had a significant impact on safeguarding local but nationally significant collections around the country, from inner cities to the most remote parts of Australia.

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General of the National Library of Australia, said ‘the range of community groups receiving the grants has highlighted the incredible diversity of Australia’s people and stories. The grants help to preserve and manage these collections for future generations’.

In past years, projects ranging from preserving indigenous languages to caring for rare meteorological equipment have received assistance under the CHG program. Such support includes significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation activities, collection management and training workshops. These ventures are provided to indigenous and multicultural groups, community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies.

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

Applications close on Monday 4 May 2020.

To submit an application or find out more information visit

CHG Contact

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

Media contact

Cathie Oats
Media Liaison Manager
National Library of Australia

t: 02 6262 1695
m: 0401 226 697