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Funds to save local heritage

By Riverine Herald

THE National Library of Australia has announced the 2018 Community Heritage Grants Program which is providing grants of up to $15,000 to assist in the preservation of cultural heritage collections of national significance.

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the program comes with the acknowledgement that all around Australia the country significant traces of the nation’s history are deteriorating despite the best efforts of local communities to preserve them.

“The program is very broad and is focusing on not for profit organisations holding documentary heritage collections of national significance, such as historical societies, regional museums, public libraries and indigenous and migrant community groups,” Mr Walsh said.

The wide range of activities covered by the grants include:

■ Significant assessments of collections.

■ Preservation needs assessments of collections.

■ Purchase of archival quality storage materials.

■ Preservation training projects.

■ Conservation activities, including cleaning, treatment or rebinding.

■ Purchase and installation of environmental control and monitoring equipment.

■ Copying of material once originals have been preserved.

■ Cataloguing or collection management software.

Applications close at 5pm on May 6 and guidelines and the application form are available at nla.gov.au/chg/guidelines

For more information email [email protected] or call (02) 6262 1147.