Canberra Comment with Scott Buchholz MP

Community Heritage Grants applications open

GRANTS of up to $15,000 are available for not-for-profit community organisations to help preserve and protect nationally significant collections through the Community Heritage Grants Program.

I encourage public libraries, museums, historical societies, Indigenous and multicultural groups in the Logan country area to apply before submissions close on May 8, 2017.

These grants help local communities to preserve and display culturally important material like artefacts, letters, diaries and photographs.

The program also offers collection management training workshops to help staff and volunteers preserve significant items.

The Community Heritage Grants Program is administered by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the Department of Communications and the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.

For more information or to apply, visit www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg

Funding available for arts festivals

A great opportunity exists to boost community engagement with the arts through the Festivals Australia program.

I strongly encourage Logan country artists and arts and culture groups to apply. Applications are open until March 24, 2017 and activities can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.

Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects which invite community participation and audience engagement.

There is such a vibrant arts and culture scene on Tamborine Mountain and I'd love to see some of this Festivals Australia money going towards projects locally. For more information or to apply, visit arts.gov.au/festivals

Last chance to apply for Building Better Regions Fund

Time is running out to apply for funding under the $297 million Building Better Regions Fund. Applications for the Community Investments Stream close March 31.

The fund is open to council and also to community groups in parts of Logan.

Inner regional communities like South Maclean, Woodhill, Mundoolun and Tamborine have the opportunity to be the big winners out of this federal government fund and I encourage eligible groups to put forth a strong, competitive application.

For more information or to apply, visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf

By member for Wright Scott Buchholz

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