About sharonanmm

I'm the Project Assistant for the Operations Division at the Australian National Maritime Museum. I am also the Coordinator for the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS).

Applications for MMAPSS 2017-2018 grants now open

The Jetty Train is the perfect way to experience the Busselton Jetty. Image: <a href="http://www.busseltonjetty.com.au">Busselton Jetty</a>.

The Jetty Train is the perfect way to experience Busselton Jetty. Image: Busselton Jetty.

As a national cultural agency, the museum provides support for Maritime Heritage nationally and the importance of supporting local communities, smaller museums and historical societies to care for, conserve, preserve, interpret and display Australia’s maritime heritage is recognised. Several of the avenues for doing this involve funding opportunities and engagement in collaborative travelling exhibition development.

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Applications for MMAPSS 2016-2017 grants now open

2014 MMAPSS grant recipients Museums Australia mid North Coast Chapter Waterways. The grant funded conservation projects for five smaller museums.

2014 MMAPSS grant recipients Museums Australia mid North Coast Chapter
Waterways.

Applications are now open for the 2016–2017 round of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPPS), with applications closing on 31 March 2016. Check the website for more details on how to apply.

In recognition that much of Australia’s maritime heritage exists in regional organisations outside the major collecting institutions, the museum is committed to providing outreach support. We are proud to administer this national outreach program, awarding grants annually, of up to $10,000 each, and supporting internships so that regional organisations can continue to care for, conserve, preserve, interpret and display Australia’s maritime heritage.

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How MMAPSS is Funding Australia’s Maritime Heritage

Oyster punt. Merimbula–Imlay Historical Society Inc / Old School Museum.

Oyster punt. Merimbula–Imlay Historical Society Inc / Old School Museum.

The museum is thrilled to announce the 2014–2015 recipients of grants through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS), supporting not-for-profit organisations to care for Australia’s maritime heritage.

We’re also pleased to announce that applications are open for 2015-16.

In total, we received 61 project applications for 2014-15 requesting $474,376 in funding, as well as six internship applications. Grants were awarded to 29 organisations including in-kind support offered to ten organisations and Internships were also offered to three applicants. Continue reading

Applications open – MMAPSS 2013-14

The 2013–2014 round of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (or MMAPSS) annual grants program is now open to support eligible Australian organisations that care for and preserve Australia’s maritime heritage.

The applications closing date is 31 August 2013.

Grants of up to $10,000 each are available to support legally incorporated not-for-profit organisations that care for Australia’s maritime heritage and a variety of project types are eligible for funding in the areas of collection management, conservation, presentation, the development of relevant education or public programs which make significant collections more accessible to audiences and museological training.

The MMAPSS internships program offers an opportunity for staff and volunteers from regional and remote organisations to spend time at the Australian National Maritime Museum for up to two weeks with funding of up to $3,000 available for successful applicants.

The program last year supported four internships and the projects of 30 organisations including variety such as a research project into Mallacoota’s regional military maritime history from WWI, a digital film documentary on paddle steamer and barge building at Goolwa 1853-1913, data logging units to monitor collection storage conditions at Eden Killer Whale Museum, and the development of a Vessel Management Plan (VMP) for the P.S Canally.

On arrival at Morgan October 2011  (Photographer J.Seton)

P.S Canally on arrival at Morgan October 2011
(Photographer J.Seton) – P.S Canally Restoration Committee

If your organisation has an object or collection that contributes to an understanding of Australia, its people and developments which have influenced its maritime history you may be interested to visit the MMAPSS website for details about the application process, key dates, eligibility and a list of past grant recipients.

You can also make contact via the details on the website if you have any questions about the program or want to discuss your project.

– MMAPSS Coordinator

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is funded by the Australian Government.

Grants available for diverse maritime heritage projects – due 31 August.

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 - swimmers early 1920s

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 - swimming race results 1928

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.

Applications for MMAPSS grants now open

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (or MMAPSS) annual grants program is now open to support eligible Australian organisations that care for and preserve Australia’s rich maritime heritage.  The closing date for applications is 31 August 2012.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for General Maritime Heritage Projects, and for 2012 only a separate category gives grants up to $5,000 for Education and Public Program Development projects.

Internships for up to two weeks are also available for staff and volunteers from regional and remote organisations; a great way to develop skills and knowledge and to create a valuable network of professional contacts.

The grant program focusses on the areas of collection management, conservation, presentation, education and museological training. Since 1995, the program has distributed over $900,000 to support organisations across Australia to run amazing and diverse projects.

Last year supported projects included an archaeological dig for shipwrecks, a traditional canoe building workshop and the analysis of a sea chest, untouched for almost 100 years!

Sea chest filled with medicine

Richmond River Historical Society: ‘Healing Sickness at Sea’ Project – A medicine chest from the SS St George. Photo & Clipping: Geoffrey Foley (RRHS)

If your organisation would like to apply, check out our website for details about the application process, key dates, eligibility and a list of past grant recipients (including a great Google map showing the spread of projects across Australia).

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the grant program. You can find my contact details on the 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.