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 preserve 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 artifacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material”.
Run annually since 1994, the program has awarded $5.7 million to community organisations throughout in the country, helping a total of 1192 projects around Australia – from those in cities to some in the remotest regions of Australia.
The 2016 Community Heritage Grants round is now open with applications closing on 9 May 2016.