Albert Park-South Melbourne Rowing Club has been awarded a $4,950 federal Community Heritage Grant to fund a Preservation Needs Assessment.
The grant was announced at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 27 October, 2015.
This year, grants worth $438,710 have been distributed to 75 community groups and organisations from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.
Club member Grace Blake said the grant was important in supporting the effort to preserve the APSM Rowing Club collection at the grassroots level. “While the grant provides the funds, the assessment offers the expertise to help us protect our collection and make it accessible while it remains in the local context,” she said. “The Club is looking forward to completing the report, which will bring us one step closer to displaying fragile photographs, some of which date back to the 1890s”. This is the second Community Heritage Grant that the Club has won.
Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the CHG program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities.
CHG is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.
For information regarding our previous Community Heritage Grant, please click here.