Territory not-for-profit community organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants under the Community Heritage Grants Programme.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said grants of up to $15,000 were available for community organisations such as public libraries, museums, historical societies, Indigenous and multicultural groups to help preserve and protect nationally significant collections.
“These grants help local communities to preserve and display culturally important material such as artefacts, letters, diaries and photographs. The grants can make all the difference to keep these items intact and available to the wider community,” Senator Scullion said.
“I encourage any groups in the Territory that look after a collection to apply. The programme also offers collection-management training workshops in the regions to assist staff and volunteers to preserve significant items.”
Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, said the Community Heritage Grants Programme also supported collaboration with national cultural institutions such as the National Library of Australia.
“The Coalition Government is committed to preserving Australia’s unique history, artefacts and stories. The programme is an important way of protecting culturally significant items in our regions and connecting community groups with our national institutions to share their knowledge and expertise.”
The Community Heritage Grants Programme is administered by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the Department of Communications and the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.
Applications opened on Monday, 6 March and close on Monday, 8 May 2017.
The guidelines and application form are available at: www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg