COMMUNITY groups across the Far North are invited to apply for more than $330,000 in funding through the Coalition Government’s Community Heritage and Icons Grants program.
Grants of between $2,500 and $10,000 are available to support community engagement and awareness raising activities that promote places on Australia’s National Heritage List.
“Overall the 107 places on this prestigious list represent our amazing natural places, our rich Indigenous heritage, and the historic places and stories that reflect our development as a nation,” says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch.
“Leichhardt currently has two national heritage listed sites in the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland, which includes recognising the Indigenous Values of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.”
The grants are part of the Coalition Government’s $1.4 million commitment to provide opportunities for local community groups to promote the heritage values and stories of places recognised on Australia’s National Heritage List.
“Our heritage contributes to our sense of place, community and personal wellbeing, it informs us about where we have come from and who we are, and is fundamental to our national identity.
“Even when places such as the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef are very well known, the Program is designed to help more people engage with these places and understand their importance and values.”
The types of activities available for support through the program may include:
• development of signage, brochures and pamphlets
• development of web content, smart phone applications or virtual tours
• development of interpretive heritage trails and walks.
Local community organisations interested in the conservation, promotion, and awareness-raising of places on Australia’s National Heritage List are strongly encouraged to apply.
“There’s only a few weeks to get an application in as the deadline for submissions is 23 March 2017, so I’d urge community groups to act now,” Mr Entsch ended.
Further information about Community Heritage and Icons Grants, including the application guidelines and application form, is available at www.environment.gov.au/heritage/grants-and-funding/community-heritage-icons-grants/2016-17