The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program offers cash grants of up to $15,000 to community groups to help preserve and manage locally held and nationally significant cultural heritage collections.

A wide range of activities may qualify for grants, including significance assessments of collections, preservation needs, conservation activities, collection management and training workshops. Not-for-profit organisations, such as historical societies, regional museums, archives, galleries, libraries and Indigenous and migrant community groups, are encouraged to apply.

Director-General of the National Library of Australia Dr Marie-Louise Ayres said the annual program provides vital support in preserving Australia’s rich cultural heritage for future generations.

“Our cultural heritage tells the story of who we are,” she said. “It is essential that we maintain Australia’s significant cultural heritage collections for the public today, while at the same time ensuring that they will remain part of our collective future.”

Since its inception in 1994, the CHG program has allocated over $7.6 million to more than 1500 collection preservation and management projects. Last year, funding of $395,000 was awarded to 61 regional and community projects, with subjects ranging from the Maruku Arts Collection from central Australia to a memorabilia collection from Sydney’s Luna Park.

Applications open Tuesday, 9 March and close at midnight (AEST) on Monday 10 May 2021. Applicants should carefully read the 2021 Community Heritage Grants program guidelines before submitting an application. To find out more information and how to submit an application visit

CHG is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (Office for the Arts); National Library of Australia; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.

CHG Contact

Media Contact

Max Grieve, Media Liaision Manager, National Library of Australia

T: 02 6262 1527  M: 0401 226 697  E: