Organisations holding records relating to Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and the history of institutional child welfare are the custodians of collections of great significance and value.
Events like government inquiries, formal apologies and the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse have raised public awareness about the importance of managing and preserving these archival records, photographs and historical material so that they can be accessible.
Recommendation 12 of the Senate’s Forgotten Australians (2004) report called on:
… government and non-government agencies holding records relating to care leavers, [to] implement and fund, as a matter of priority, programs to find, identify and preserve records including photographs and other memorabilia.
(See “Recommendations”, Forgotten Australians: a report on Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children (2004), available online at: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Completed_inquiries/2004-07/inst_care/report/b2recs)
This webpage lists some funding opportunities that can help record-holding organisations respond to the Senate’s recommendation, and to fulfil their responsibility to maintain and make available these significant records, for years to come.
The grants that are out there will not provide all the funding and resources an organisation needs to look after its archival records. But grants can help record-holding organisations to improve the management of collections by funding discrete projects (such as significance assessments, indexing, digitisation, publications or exhibitions). Some grants schemes are a great way for organisations to get access to professional expertise, and build organisational capacity.
The various schemes will come with different obligations for successful grant applicants. Organisations might need to provide matching funds (cash and in-kind), demonstrate community support for the proposed project, or a condition of the grant might be to make historical material accessible to the public. It is important to be familiar with the eligibility requirements, conditions and objectives of the grant before applying.
To get up-to-date information about the national and state/territory-based grant programs listed on this web page, including eligibility, application forms and deadlines, you will need to visit the relevant websites.
Source: A Guide to Successful Grant Applications (2006) – This link is from the Wayback Machine and was dated the 26 January 2014.
The National Library of Australia’s Community Heritage Grants program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.
The grants are provided for activities including:
For more information about these grants, go to: http://www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg.
The Community Wellbeing program provides organisations with small grants (up to $50,000) and large grants (more than $50,000). The stated objective of the Community Wellbeing area is to help alleviate disadvantage and promote the general wellbeing of the community.
For more information about these grants, go to: http://www.ianpotter.org.au/community-wellbeing.
The New South Wales Heritage Grants Program is a Small Grants program for Local History and Archives grants. Its purpose is to provide funding to celebrate Australian local history for local historical research by community groups and individuals that tell Australian stories in a local context; express the diversity and range of Australian culture as it impacts on communities and specific localities; highlight and localise pivotal Australian historical events and issues. Individuals and community organisations are eligible to apply.
For more information about these grants, go to: http://www.rahs.org.au/grants/nsw-heritage-grants-program/.
The aim of the Northern Territory History Grants Program is to encourage and support original research about Northern Territory history. The grants are intended to assist with expenses incurred whilst carrying out research projects. Northern Territory residents and societies and community organisations based in the Northern Territory are eligible to apply.
For more information about these grants, go to: https://nt.gov.au/leisure/arts-culture-heritage/apply-for-an-nt-history-grant.
These grants assist local museums and keeping places in the Northern Territory to develop programs, design and construct displays, manage their collections, acquire relevant skills and enhance the presentation and preservation of local heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of residents and visitors.
For more information about these grants, go to: http://www.artsandmuseums.nt.gov.au/museums/regional/support.
The South Australian History Fund provides funding for small history projects, publications and research projects.
For more information about these grants, go to: http://community.history.sa.gov.au/content/south-australian-history-fund
The Community Museums Program Grant Fund is specifically for museums that are registered or accredited in History SA’s Community Museums Program. It provides funding for displays, collection management and conservation projects.
For more information about these grants, go to: http://community.history.sa.gov.au/grants/community-museums-program-grant-fund.
At this website you can find out about a range of upcoming grant opportunities for South Australian community history organisations: http://community.history.sa.gov.au/grants.
The Tasmanian Community Fund provides large and small grants to non-profit organisations. Successful projects are those that demonstrate:
For more information about these grants, go to: http://www.tascomfund.org/about_our_grants.
The Local History Grants Program provides small grants to community organisations to support the cost of projects that preserve, record or publish Victorian local history.
For more information about these grants, go to: http://prov.vic.gov.au/community-programs/grants-awards/local-history-grants.
The Victorian Community History Awards are managed by Public Record Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. They recognise excellence in historical method. The range of award categories acknowledges that history can be told in a variety of formats with the aim of reaching and enriching all Victorians.
For more information, go to: http://prov.vic.gov.au/community-programs/grants-awards/victorian-community-history-awards.
Applications for Lotterywest grants are accepted at any time. There are various grants available for non-profit community groups, local government and historical societies in Western Australia, for projects to conserve the State’s cultural heritage and to create community histories.
For more information about these grants, go to: http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants.
The Western Australian History Foundation provides grants of up to $10,000 for projects about WA history – recipients can be historians or researchers, either individually or in groups, self-employed or salaried; government departments or agencies; community organisations; those living in WA or elsewhere. Successful grant applications will fall within the Foundation’s objects.
For more information about these grants, go to: http://www.wahistoryfoundation.org.au/.
These websites contain free publications and other resources to help you in your grantseeking.
The Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation’s “Tips & Hints” page has some useful suggestions for writing grant applications, as well as some grant seeking tools that are specific to the Foundation.
The Funding Centre: an ourcommunity.com.au enterprise
The Funding Centre is a grants and fundraising hub. The Grantseeking Basics page is a good introduction.
Philanthropy Australia is the national peak body for philanthropy. Its website has resources, tools and publications for donors and not-for-profit organisations.