Local, Independant and Effective
March 17, 2014

2014 Community Heritage Grants can assist Indi history preservation

INDI groups with a passion for preserving significant local history are being encouraged to apply for the Federal Government’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants program.

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program gives grants of up to $15,000 to not-for-profit community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups.

Cathy McGowan AO, Federal Member for Indi, wants as many Indi groups to apply for a grant so they can continue the important work of documenting local history in their area.

The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible, such as artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

“I’m continually impressed by the valuable work carried out by historical groups in Indi to record and preserve the local history which is always being added to through new discoveries and donations from local families,” Ms McGowan said.   

“People remain fascinated with heritage, from a local and national perspective, and it’s vital that is presented to the public, and also recorded for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

“Australians are prepared to travel more than ever to discover historical sites across the country, and that includes the North East of Victoria, which contains as rich and diverse and entertaining history as anywhere.

Projects that will be supported include significance assessments of collections; preservation needs assessments of collections; conservation activities and collection management; and training workshops.

In the last 20 years, almost $5 million has been awarded to community organisations across Australia.

CHG is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; the Ministry for the Arts, Attorney General's Department; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.

Applications close on Friday, May 2 and need to be accessed at http://www.nla.gov.au/chg/guidelines.

Applicants should read the 2014 CHG Guidelines before submitting an application and may need to refer to these Guidelines while completing the application form. 

Applicants may find it useful to read the 2013 Assessment Report, which contains general comments and recommendations from the CHG external assessors regarding applications received in the 2013 grant round. 

For more information, contact Coordinator, Community Heritage Grants, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra, ACT, 2600, 02 6262 1147 or email chg@nla.gov.au.

Ms McGowan would also appreciate groups sending a copy of their application to her office in Wangaratta, 117 Murphy Street, 3677.

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