The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program is a small annual competitive grant scheme funded and administered directly by the Australian Government to support the management of cultural heritage at the local level. Grants fund significance assessment, preservation, and training projects in a wide range of cultural institutions, including archives, galleries, genealogical and historical societies, museums, and public libraries, among others. By the close of 2011, the program had disbursed over $4 million in funds to 888 community organizations. This paper reports on a project undertaken in 2012, "Assessing the Impact of Community Heritage Grants" the focus of which was a survey of CHG applicants and recipients in regional New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The survey was designed to assess the impact of the grants on the organizations that applied for them and to document their concerns for the future of the collections they manage. The paper concludes with reflections on relationships between central government agencies and grassroots organizations as evidenced in the CHG program and offers suggestions for further research into the delivery of grant programs to local cultural heritage organizations in Australia.
|Title of host publication||Annual review of cultural heritage informatics 2012-2013|
|Editors||Samantha K. Hastings|
|Place of Publication||Lanham, Maryland|
|Publisher||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
McCausland, S., & Thompson, K. M. (2014). The community heritage grants program in Australia: Report of a survey. In S. K. Hastings (Ed.), Annual review of cultural heritage informatics 2012-2013 (pp. 169-178). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.