Since the program began in 1994, more than $7.26 million has been allocated to 1,445 collection preservation and management projects. The program has had a significant impact on safeguarding local but nationally significant collections around the country, from inner cities to the most remote parts of Australia.
Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General of the National Library of Australia, said 'the range of community groups receiving the grants has highlighted the incredible diversity of Australia's people and stories. The grants help to preserve and manage these collections for future generations'.
Projects ranging from preserving indigenous languages to caring for rare meteorological equipment have previously received assistance under the CHG program. Such support includes significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation activities, collection management and training workshops. These ventures are provided to indigenous and multicultural groups, community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies.