What are the Community Heritage Grants?

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program supports community-based organisations to identify and care for Australian cultural heritage collections which are publicly accessible, locally held and nationally significant. The CHG program commenced in 1994, and we are delighted to be marking our 30th anniversary this year.

How we can help

The CHG supports small, local groups with limited funding and staffing resources, who would benefit from access to professional cultural heritage expertise. Grants of up to $20,000 are available to help organisations undertake a three-stage journey to assess their collection, identify collection care recommendations and implement practical improvements.

Non-profit, incorporated organisations – including historical societies, archives, regional museums, public libraries, community groups, multicultural and Indigenous organisations – are encouraged to apply. For more details visit the CHG website: nla.gov.au/chg.

Activities we support

In the first two stages, organisations work with experienced heritage practitioners to produce reports that:

  • Explain the meanings and value of their collections (a significance assessment).
  • Outline the condition of their collections and provide a conservation and collection management plan (a preservation needs assessment).

In the third stage, funding is available to:

  • Undertake conservation and collection management activities, as recommended in the preservation needs assessment report. This may include conservation treatment, purchase of collection rehousing and storage materials, environmental control and monitoring equipment or digitisation.

CHG also offers grants for collection management training projects or cataloguing or collection management software.

Applications and guidelines

Applicants should carefully read the 2024 CHG Round Guidelines before applying. The Guidelines and application forms are available at: nla.gov.au/chg.

Please contact the CHG Program Team to discuss preparing your application: ch*@nl*.au


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