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Mary-Louise Weight, Coordinator CHG National Library of Australia outlines what these grants will fund from Significance Assessments, Preservation Needs Assessments & Preservation materials.

Mary-Louise Weight, Coordinator CHG National Library of Australia outlines what these grants will fund from Significance Assessments, Preservation Needs Assessments & Preservation materials.

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  • 1. COMMUNITY HERITAGE GRANTS (CHG) Presentation by Mary-Louise Weight, CHG Coordinator
  • 2. What are Community Heritage Grants? • Cash grants of up to $15,000 • To assist in the preservation and access to heritage collections of national significance held by community groups
  • 3. Who can apply • Not-for-profit, incorporated organisations that own/manage a collection of national significant material which is accessible to the general public • Examples of not-for profit organisations: Archives Indigenous groups Art galleries Migrant community groups Genealogical societies Professional associations Community groups Museums Historical societies Religious groups
  • 4. Projects ineligible for CHG funding The following projects are ineligible for CHG funding: • In-house salaries and volunteer labour costs • Publishing projects • Exhibition research, interpretation and signage, and design • Collecting projects • Oral histories – recording or transcribing • Memorials and plaques • Building works, capital works, repairs/improvements to existing buildings • Family history research • Digitisation and microfilming of newspapers or magazines • Activities that are in progress or have been completed
  • 5. What type of projects receive funding? 1. Collection Preservation Projects 2. Training Projects
  • 6. Collection Preservation Projects 1. Significance Assessment 2. Preservation Needs Assessment 3. Conservation Activities & Collection Management – Conservation and preservation activities – Software – Digitisation
  • 7. Significance Assessment Port Macquarie Historical Society Volunteer Anne Oud and consultant Roslyn Russell preparing for the significance assessment
  • 8. Significance Significance refers to the values and meaning that items and collections have for people and communities. Primary significance criteria • Historic • Artistic or aesthetic • Scientific or research potential • Social or spiritual Why use significance? • Access and community engagement • Advocacy • Making good collection management decisions For a detailed explanation of significance, refer to Significance 2.0 - A Guide to Assessing the Significance of Collections (2009) - 2nd rev. ed. (online version) http://arts.gov.au/resources-publications/industry-reports/significance-20
  • 9. National Significance of Your Collection • A significance statement is about the importance of your collection, or items in it • Only tell us about the collection you are applying for funding, e.g., do not describe the whole collection here, if you are applying for the photograph collection
  • 10. Tips to answer the National Significance question • Make sure your answer refers to the collection material you are seeking funding for • Provide as much information about this material as you can • Identify rare or unique items • Detail items about significant Australians in the collection • Relate your answer to the significance criteria • Attach supporting documents • Refer to the 2013 Assessment Report on the CHG website www.nla.gov.au/chg
  • 11. Preservation Needs Assessment (PNA) A Preservation Needs Assessment will: • Assess the physical condition of the collection • Assess housing and storage facilities • Make recommendations – which can be basis for further funding applications
  • 12. Conservation Activities & Collection Management • Prioritised recommendations from PNA • Most at risk and most significant items – Rehousing collections – Conservation treatments – Reformatting – including digitisation – Cataloguing or collection management software
  • 13. Rehousing collections
  • 14. Digitisation & Software Digitisation • Preservation of original materials • Digital copies management plan • Outsourcing Software • Cataloguing or collection management • Researched/trialled options
  • 15. Digitisation Page turning of a rare manuscript during digitisation at the National Library of Australia
  • 16. Training Projects Examples of eligible training programs: • Collection care and handling • Cataloguing • Disaster Preparedness • Collection Management • Assessing significance • Partnerships with other groups
  • 17. Collection care and handling
  • 18. Assessment Process 1. CHG Coordinator – Confirms eligibility 2. Significance Assessor – National significance 3. Preservation Assessor – Feasibility – Value for money 4. Expert Assessment Panel – Comments from both assessors – Overall application
  • 19. What are the assessors looking for? • Evidence of national significance • A clear description of the collection, who owns it and how it is used • A project that is feasible & good value for money with a well supported budget • Projects that will enhance access to collections • Training projects that will reach many people and collections
  • 20. What do you get? • Funding grant of up to $15,000 • Intensive preservation workshop in Canberra (for first time grant recipients only)
  • 21. TIPS! • Clearly explain how you will use your grant money • Attach quotes for all expenditure items • Do your research • Submit your application online and on time – late submissions will not be accepted • Contact the CHG office (02) 6262 1447 for advice
  • 22. How to Apply Applications should be submitted online through our online grants management system. Follow the links from our homepage at www.nla.gov.au/chg 2014 grant round is now open and will close at 5pm Friday 2 May.
  • 23. Finally… CHG is very competitive – if you are unsuccessful don’t take it personally! – Call and ask for feedback – Investigate other options – Try again next year

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