The National Library of Australia (NLA) in Canberra is not only one of Australia’s mega-centre for treasures, it also plays an important part in helping conserve and preseve items in small collections through its Community Heritage Grants.
The NLA’s Community Heritage Grants program “provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. 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”.
Run annually since 1994, the program has awarded $5.3 million to community organisations throughout in the country.
The 2015 Community Heritage Grants round is now open with applications closing on 1 May 2015.