Community Heritage Grants

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program supports our aim to protect and provide access to Australia's cultural heritage.

The CHG program gives grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups.

The grants help community groups preserve locally owned, but nationally significant, collections of materials the public can access. This includes artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photos, and audiovisual material.

Who can apply

You can apply for a grant if you are a:

  • local historical society
  • regional museum
  • public library
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community group
  • migrant community group

What type of projects win grants

In the past, supported projects include those that:

  • assess a collection's significance
  • assess a collection's preservation needs
  • focus on conservation activities and collection management
  • train community groups how to preserve and archive collections

Read more about past CHG recipients.

How it works

CHG grant rounds are held annually.

Look for an open grant round on the NLA's Community Heritage Grants webpage.

Applications are available online when grants are open.

What happens when you win a grant

When you win a grant and attend the grant-giving ceremony, you get training in how to preserve and archive your organisation's documents and artifacts.

How to apply for a grant

The NLA gives you information about applying for a grant and what you need to do to meet the grant criteria.

Visit the Community Heritage Grants page on the NLA website for further details.