Community Heritage Grants 2019 announced


Community Heritage Grants 2019 recipients

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) for 2019 have recently been announced with more than $382,940 awarded to 61 organisations and community groups across Australia.

The CHG program, which is managed by the National Library of Australia (NLA), provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, Indigenous and multicultural groups, genealogical and historical societies from inner cities to the most remote parts of Australia.

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.

Of the 61 successful recipients in 2019, 20 are from NSW; see the list below.

Grants have been allocated for a wide range of projects including the purchase of archival materials for rehousing, preservation needs assessment, conservation treatment and workshops on preventive conservation and object handling.

It is gratifying to see that of the 20 successful grant applicants from NSW organisation, 8 have received grants for significance assessment of their collections. Significance assessment is an essential tool in collections management, underpinning decisions in resource allocation. It assists the collecting organisation to:

  • Establish priority themes for the collection
  • Consider how this relates to the mission/purpose/strategic plan
  • Consider which items or aspects of the collection relate to specific themes
  • Propose a thematic plan for display and the priorities
  • Identify strengths, weaknesses and gaps in the collection
  • Assist in helping to identify future collecting activities

For more on significance assessment, read Significance 2.0.

New South Wales

Organisation Project Amount
Australian Jewish Historical Society Purchase of Archival Materials $4,480
Blacktown City Council Significance Assessment of the Garage Graphix Archive Collection $4,500
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Significance Assessment of the Collection $6,140
Care Leavers Australasia Network Preservation Needs Assessment of Australia’s Orphanage Museum’s Collection $4,500
Friends of the Hawkesbury Art Community & Regional Gallery Inc Preservation of the Clint Collection $12,940
Georges River Council Preservation Needs Assessment of Georges River Libraries Local Studies Collection $4,500
Goulburn Regional Art Gallery Significance Assessment of the Collection $5,120
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum Inc Purchase of Archival Storage Materials $2,600
Moore Theological College Council Conservation Treatment of the Rev Frank Cash Negative Collection $9,090
Naval Historical Society of Australia Significance Assessment of the Collection $5,880
Norfolk Island Museum Purchase of Two Freezers for Pest Control Management $660
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Pest Site Inspection and Purchase of Conservation Resources $8,390
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Two Preventive Conservation and Object Storage Workshops $2,200
Port Macquarie Historical Society Inc Significance Assessment of the Costume Collection $5,440
Royal Far West Preservation Needs Assessment of the Archive and Museum Collection $4,500
Shoalhaven City Council Significance Assessment of the City Art Collection $4,500
Tamworth Regional Gallery Significance Assessment of the Collection $5,920
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network) Preservation Needs Assessment of the Collection and Collection Management Software $5,790
The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc Significance Assessment of the Collection $4,500