Grant Opportunities

Community Heritage Grants for Not-for-profit Organizations in Australia

Community Heritage Grants for Not-for-profit Organizations in Australia

Deadline: 4 May 2020

The National Library of Australia is currently seeking applications for the Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program that aims to identify Australian cultural heritage collections which are publicly accessible, locally held and nationally significant.

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

The types of projects supported include:

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Significance assessments of collections
Preservation needs assessments of collections
Conservation activities and collection management, and
Training workshops

There are two categories of projects funded:

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Collection Preservation Projects;
Training Projects.
The following projects are ineligible for CHG funding:

In-house salaries and volunteer labour costs, including per hour project management costs.
Publishing projects
Exhibition research, interpretation and signage, and design
Collecting projects
Oral histories – recording or transcribing
Memorials and plaques
Interpretive signage or heritage trails
Building works, capital works, repairs and improvements to existing buildings
Digitisation and microfilming of newspapers or magazines
Family history research
Emergency activities
Activities that are in progress or have been completed
Private collections
Labour costs to carry out rehousing
Software development and website development
Funding Information

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The (Community Heritage Grants CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups.
Cash grants of up to $15,000 inc GST ($13,630 ex GST) are provided to assist in the preservation and access to these collections.
Organisations may apply for more than one project provided the combined annual value is no more than $15,000 (inc GST), and all projects can be completed within one year.
Eligibility Criteria

A not-for-profit, incorporated organisation that:
Owns or manages a collection of nationally significant material, which is;
Accessible to the general public. Funded organisations must make their collections accessible for research, by appointment, via the Internet, or on temporary or permanent exhibition.
Funded organisations must make their collections accessible for research, by appointment, via the Internet, or on temporary or permanent exhibition.
Examples of not-for-profit, incorporated organisations which are encouraged to apply are:
Indigenous groups
Art galleries
Migrant community groups
Community groups
Genealogical societies
Professional associations
Historical societies
Religious groups
Other organisations, such as public libraries and independent museums located within universities, may also be eligible to apply.
An organisation that wishes to apply for funding but which manages, rather than owns, the collection, must provide written permission from the legal owner of the collection with their application.
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