Up to $15,000 is available from Community Heritage Grants to preserve locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible.


Community Heritage Grants

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants  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.

The program is funded by the Australian Government and managed 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.



The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program aims to identify Australian cultural heritage collections which are publicly accessible, locally held and nationally significant. Cash grants of up to $15,000 inc GST ($13,630 ex GST) are provided to assist in the preservation and access to these collections. Organisations may apply for more than one project provided the combined annual value is no more than $15,000 (inc GST), and all projects can be completed within one year.


Eligible Projects

The types of projects supported include

  • significance assessments of collections
  • preservation needs assessments of collections
  • conservation activities and collection management, and
  • training workshops.


Eligible Applicants

A not-for-profit, incorporated organisation that owns or manages a collection of nationally significant material, which is accessible to the general public.

Funded organisations must make their collections accessible for research, by appointment, via the Internet, or on temporary or permanent exhibition.

Examples of not-for-profit, incorporated organisations which are encouraged to apply are:

  • Archives
  • Art galleries
  • Community groups
  • Genealogical societies
  • Historical societies
  • Indigenous groups
  • Migrant community groups
  • Museums
  • Professional associations
  • Religious groups

Other organisations, such as public libraries and independent museums located within universities, may also be eligible to apply.

An organisation that wishes to apply for funding but which manages, rather than owns, the collection, must provide written permission from the legal owner of the collection with their application. Previous CHG funded recipients must have completed and acquitted their grants by 15 April 2019 and must have complied with all grant requirements to be eligible to apply for funding in 2019.



Applications close 6 May 2019.


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