NLA Community Heritage Grants 2008


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Delivered by Erin Stephens at the M&GSQ Securing Funding Workshop in Cairns, 15-16 May 2008

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  • Sister Mary’s Sweet Swing 1965 "Students at the School for the Deaf in Portsea, Victoria, were taught the art of golf after one of their teachers, Sister Mary had taken golf lessons so she could pass on her knowledge to the students."
  • NLA Community Heritage Grants 2008

    1. 1. Community Heritage Grants 2008 Bruce Howard (b.1936), Sister Mary’s Sweet Swing 1965, nla.pic-vn3062369 reproduced with permission of the Herald and Weekly Times.
    2. 2. Community Heritage Grants (CHG) <ul><li>Preserve & provide access to heritage collections of national significance held by community groups </li></ul><ul><li>Grants of up to $15 000 </li></ul><ul><li>Since 1994, 591 projects have been supported (almost $2.5 mil) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Who is eligible? Not-for-profit organisations with heritage collections that are available to the public <ul><li>Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Art Galleries </li></ul><ul><li>Community Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Genealogical Societies </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Societies </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Migrant Community Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Museums </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Religious Groups </li></ul><ul><li>School Archives </li></ul>
    4. 4. Is a CHG right for your organisation? <ul><li>Read the Guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Look at previous recipients </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the CHG Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Contact your local Museum Development Officer </li></ul><ul><li>If you have been unsuccessful, get feedback </li></ul>
    5. 5. What project is right for you? <ul><li>Significance Assessment </li></ul>
    6. 6. What project is right for you? <ul><li>Significance Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation Needs Assessment </li></ul>
    7. 7. What project is right for you? <ul><li>Significance Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation Needs Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation or Preservation Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rehousing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservation treatment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reformatting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchase / installation of environmental control or monitoring equipment </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation CHG 2004
    9. 9. Kameruka Estate Papers CHG 2003 & 2007
    10. 10. What project is right for you? <ul><li>Significance Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation Needs Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation or Preservation Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rehousing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservation treatment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reformatting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchase / installation of environmental control or monitoring equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other projects (purchase of software) </li></ul><ul><li>Training workshop </li></ul>
    11. 11. St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre Textiles Workshop CHG 2007
    12. 12. What projects are ineligible? <ul><li>Publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibitions </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisition / collecting projects </li></ul><ul><li>Microfilming newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Family history research </li></ul><ul><li>Staff or volunteer labour costs </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency activities </li></ul><ul><li>Activities that are complete or in progress </li></ul>
    13. 13. What are the assessors looking for? <ul><li>Evidence that the collection is of national significance (section 6) </li></ul><ul><li>A clear description of the collection and who owns it (question 3.3) </li></ul><ul><li>A project that is feasible & good value for money with a well supported budget (questions 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.3, sections 5 & 7) </li></ul>
    14. 14. National Significance <ul><li>You must attempt this question </li></ul><ul><li>By examining the history, uses, social and spiritual values of an object, you can establish why an object is significant </li></ul><ul><li>Significance is about importance </li></ul><ul><li>Significance: a guide to assessing the significance of cultural heritage objects and collections </li></ul>
    15. 15. Significance Criteria <ul><li>Historic Does your collection have an association with significant people, places or events? </li></ul>
    16. 16. Historic Significance Port of Echuca 2006/106
    17. 17. Significance Criteria <ul><li>Aesthetic </li></ul><ul><li>Does your collection contain objects of outstanding craftsmanship, style, technical excellence or quality of design? </li></ul>
    18. 18. Aesthetic Significance Avondale College, Adventist Heritage Centre 2006/151
    19. 19. Significance Criteria <ul><li>Scientific or Research Does your collection have the potential for further examination or study or could it influence existing research? </li></ul>
    20. 20. Scientific Significance Trustees of Linden Observatory 2006/135 National Archives of Australia - Research - Astronomy and space - Man inside the Observatory at Linden, NSW
    21. 21. Research Significance Cairns and District Chinese Association 2005/101
    22. 22. Significance Criteria <ul><li>Social or Spiritual Does your collection contain objects that are highly regarded in your community for their social, spiritual or cultural connections? </li></ul>
    23. 23. Spiritual Significance Warmun Arts Centre 2005/222
    24. 24. Social Significance West Australian Cricket Association 2006/141
    25. 25. Significance Criteria <ul><li>Comparison with other collections </li></ul><ul><li>Provenance </li></ul><ul><li>Representativeness </li></ul><ul><li>Rarity </li></ul><ul><li>Condition </li></ul>
    26. 26. Tips for answering Q.6 <ul><li>The more information on your collection, the better. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer for the collection you are seeking funding for </li></ul><ul><li>Do your collection items tell a national story? </li></ul><ul><li>Mention collections that are rare or unique </li></ul><ul><li>Are there prominent Australians represented? </li></ul><ul><li>How will preservation benefit all Australians? </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarise yourself with the significance criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Attach supporting documents </li></ul>
    27. 27. The Eskbank House collection contains more than 5 000 items, including over 2 000 pieces produced or associated with Lithgow Pottery, 80 items relating to the Lithgow Woollen Mills, furniture, a fully restored Hansom Cab, books, jewellery, household paraphernalia and a photograph and document book relating to Sir Joseph Cook, Prime Minister of Australia from 1913-1917. The items in the Sir Joseph Cook collection have national significance because of their association with the former prime minister. The rest of the collection provides insights into the development and history of the ceramic and textile industries in Australia due to its association with Lithgow Pottery (Australia’s oldest commercial pottery) and the Lithgow Woollen Mills (one of the oldest tweed and cloth manufacturers in Australia).
    28. 28. This collection is one of a kind. Our collection consists of a vast number of artefacts which have been collected since the inception of the organisation. The collection is important because it describes the history of our community. It is vital that this collection is preserved for future generations.
    29. 29. Assessment Process <ul><li>CHG Coordinator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Confirms eligibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Significance Assessor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Significance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Preservation Assessor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feasibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value for money </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assessment Panel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments from both assessors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall application </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. What do you get? <ul><li>Grant of up to $15 000 </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation workshop in Canberra for first time recipients </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training/Other project recipients at the discretion of the assessment panel </li></ul></ul>
    31. 31. TIPS! <ul><li>Clearly tell us how you will use your grant money </li></ul><ul><li>Attach quotes </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly justify your decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Type your application </li></ul><ul><li>Sign your application & submit it on time! </li></ul><ul><li>Call us at any time </li></ul>
    32. 32. Finally… <ul><li>CHG is very competitive - if you are unsuccessful, don’t take it personally! </li></ul><ul><li>Call and ask for feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate other options </li></ul><ul><li>Try again! </li></ul>
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