The diversity of projects seeking to be funded by MMAPSS is really rich. A wave of applications come in each year and give the Selection Committee a snapshot of the amazing organisations all over Australia who are passionate about caring for Australia’s maritime heritage.
The subject matter is diverse with examples of past projects including oral histories, a journal, a diving outfit, a map, river charts, ships portraits, photographic collections, and of course vessels; bark canoes, pearling luggers, skiffs, flying boats.
The funding is for grants up to $10,000 and this year there is extra pool of funding for grants up to $5,000 specifically for organisations that want to develop educational or public programs. Internships are also available for up to two weeks with funding up to $3,000.
MMAPSS funding is not just for maritime museums. All non-profit, incorporated organisations that care for and provide access to maritime items of historical and national significance are encouraged to apply. This includes for example, museums, indigenous organisations, historical societies, local governments, religious organisations and community clubs.
Head over to the MMAPSS website for a list of past grant recipients; application forms, details about the application process, key dates and eligibility.
Balmoral Beach Club used the funding they received last year for the development and preservation of their archives. The club is nearly half-way through this six stage project to digitise and preserve over 90 years’ worth of club materials with a plan to be completed by 2014.
This great photo showing a group of swimmers in the early 1920’s was among the items that have been digitised so far.
Balmoral Beach Club: ‘Digitisation of the Collection’ project – swimmers early 1920s
The club is steadily preserving their records and plan to use the information in a centenary book in time for the celebration of their centenary year in 2014.
Among the individual and season race records were the results of a race from 1928 (which you can see in the picture). It was a freestyle race ‘From beach to buoy and return’ with men and women racing together.
Balmoral Beach Club: ‘Digitisation of the Collection’ project – club swimming race results 1928.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the grant program or the application process. You can find my contact details on the MMAPSS website.
– Sharon Babbage, MMAPSS Coordinator
The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum.