Wilson welcomes community heritage project applicants


Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP today invited local organisations that need support to preserve and conserve important Australian heritage to apply for a Community Heritage Grant.
Managed by the National Library, and funded by the Australian Government, the Community Heritage Grants program provides grants of up to $15,000 each to help local organisations preserve and maintain nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects at the local level.
Mr Wilson said many museums and historical societies within the electorate of O’Connor – from Kalgoorlie, to Albany, Esperance, Wagin and Hyden – had significant heritage collections.
“I encourage as many not-for-profit organisations in O’Connor as possible to apply for this funding round,” Mr Wilson said.
“The local library, archive, museum, historical society, Indigenous groups and migrant community groups with a significant historical collection may be eligible for funding.”
Minister for the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield said that local heritage was an important part of our national story.
“These grants help to protect Australia’s heritage and they provide both funding for conservation projects and access to expertise from highly experienced professionals in our national collecting institutions,” Minister Fifield said.
“This is a great opportunity for locals, especially in regional and remote Australia, to access resources and develop the skills to manage historical collections of artefacts, letters, photographs and audio-visual material.”
The 2016 Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library in conjunction with the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.
Applications close 9 May 2016 and can be submitted online at www.nla.gov.au/chg.
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Monica O’Shea|0402 097 455 | monica.o’shea@aph.gov.au


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