Eight community history groups in South Australia have been awarded federally-funded Community Heritage Grants (CHG) amounting to $54,560 in the National Library of Australia’s CHG program, it was announced today. Overall, 75 grants were awarded Australia-wide in 2015, totalling $438,710.
CHG provides grants of up to $15,000 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.
Successful applicants in South Australia include the Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum on Kangaroo Island ($6,600 for a preservation needs assessment); National Trust of SA Goolwa Branch ($2,980 for purchase of a compactus for archival storage); Peterborough History Group $14,300 for the digitisation and archival storage for the preservation of the Times Printing Office contents); and Embroiderers’ Guild of SA Museum ($4,950 for a Preservation needs assessment).