Applications are now open for grants and internships through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS).
The MMAPSS grants program assists Australian organisations that actively care for, promote, interpret or display collections that contribute to an understanding of Australia, its people and developments, which have influenced its maritime history. Grants of up to $15,000 each are available for projects in the areas of:
- Collection management (registration, documentation and storage)
- Conservation (preservation, vessel restoration, conservation work/treatments and professional assessments)
- Presentation (research, development of exhibitions, establishing interpretative displays and workshops)
- Development of education or public programs which make Australia's maritime heritage more accessible to audiences
Gary Tonkin, Scrimshaw Artist - Albany’s Historic Whaling Station. MMAPSS Project 2020-21 “The Art of Scrimshaw: A whaler’s pastime” project uses artefacts from Albany’s Historic Whaling Station’s (AHWS) existing scrimshaw collection to showcase the maritime significance of scrimshaw craft, with the support of Tonkin’s in-depth scrimshaw knowledge.
Are you eligible?
For those involved in the collection, promotion and presentation of Australia's maritime heritage; up to $15,000 for projects and $3,000 for internships, plus in-kind (non-cash) support is available to assist with active care and display.
If your organisation has objects or collections that contribute to an understanding of Australia, its people and developments, which have influenced its maritime history, and you need support to care for and to provide quality public access to them, you could be eligible for a grant or an internship.
Be sure to read all the details on how to apply and also go through the past recipients list to get an idea of the types of projects that are supported. It's also recommended to contact the MMAPSS Coordinator to discuss your project and make sure that the expenses you're asking for are eligible.
If you have any questions about MMAPSS or want to discuss your project or eligibility, contact the MMAPSS Coordinator by phone on (02) 9298 3743 or email.
Applications for grants close 15 May 2021.
The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.