Community Heritage grants up for grabs

APPLICATIONS for the 2015 Community Heritage grants programme are now open.

Page MP Kevin Hogan said grants of up to $15,000 are available to not-for-profit community groups across Australia to preserve and manage nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects for future generations.

Projects supported include significance assessments, preservations needs assessments, conservation activities and collection management.

"I strongly encourage our local libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, and multicultural and Indigenous groups in [electorate] to apply for this year's grants," Mr Hogan said.

"This funding is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to our national cultural identity by restoring our locally held collections to share with future generations."

Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC said the successful recipients of the Community Heritage grants program would bed assisted in preserving and maintaining collections of important objects that make up Australia's history.

"The program also invites first-time recipients to Canberra to receive their grant and build their collection management skills through training from our national collecting institutions including the National Library of Australia, National Archives of Australia the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia," Mr Brandis said.

More information about the Community Heritage Grants Program can be found on the National Library of Australia website.

Applications close on May 1 2015.