Community museums, galleries and historical societies across regional Australia are receiving an important boost under the Morrison Government’s $3 million Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program, with the first batch of successful applicants announced.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the funding from the CHART program will assist two local volunteer organisations preserve historical material.

“With the Morrison Government’s support, we are helping rebuild our local economy through the development of collections or exhibits, improved facilities for visitors, and the digitisation of local heritage collections for future generations to enjoy,” Senator Henderson said.

“Congratulations to the following local community groups in the Bendigo electorate on their CHART grants:

  • $1,600 to Taradale Historical Group to restore ten information panels around Taradale; and
  • $2,500 to Maldon Museum and Archives Association to upgrade the Association’s digital equipment and storage capabilities.

“I encourage community-run arts, cultural and heritage organisations to apply for a CHART program grant today – this will assist us to continue offering appealing cultural tourism experiences in our regional communities.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said more than $135,000 in grants would flow to 50 organisations across the country to support activities that encourage cultural tourism in regional, rural and remote Australia.

“These grants will support the reactivation and ongoing sustainability of these successful applicants, with each playing an integral role in telling the stories of their local communities and preserving Australia’s cultural heritage,” Minister Fletcher said.

“This first batch of grants marks an important milestone in the benefits that CHART will provide to regional communities, including the promotion of regional arts tourism across Australia, which in turn will enhance arts access and increase local expenditure.”

The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) is delivering the program on behalf of the Government. Applications are open until 29 April 2022, or until allocated funding is expended.

19 January 2022