Preserving Australia's Maritime Heritage

24 August 2015

The Australian Government today announces grants of more than $135,000 to support projects that preserve and promote Australia’s maritime heritage.

The successful recipients of the Maritime Museum of Australia Project Support Scheme grants program will help collect, conserve and display objects from an important part of Australia’s history.

The scheme provides grants of up to $10,000, as well as internships and in-kind support from Australian National Maritime Museum experts. This includes support for staff and volunteers from regional and remote organisations to teach them how to develop educational and public programs that help promote Australia’s maritime collections.

Maritime museums and historical societies play an important role in preserving and sharing Australia’s maritime heritage and these grants will ensure important maritime objects are available now and for future generations.

In 2015-16, funding has been awarded to 19 organisations. In-kind support has been offered to 12 organisations and internships have been offered to three applicants.

Funding will support interactive projects including the production of story boards by Albury City Council to be placed along a riverside walk, the creation of a shipwreck walk by the Busselton Historical Society and the manufacturing of 10 interpretive signs by Port Stephen’s Historical Society to display photographic and factual information located along public walkways.

The scheme which offers funding to non-profit museums, historical societies and organisations is supported by the Australian Government and administered by the Australian National Maritime Museum. The next round of funding will be open for applications in February 2016.

For more information about the Maritime Museum of Australia Project Support Scheme and a full list of grant recipients visit the Australian National Maritime Museum website.