Applications open 2 March 2020. Applications are due by 1 May 2020.
2020 support for bushfire affected organisations:
In support of those organisations affected by the summer of 201920 bushfire crises across the country, a priority weighting will be given by the Selection Committee to applications submitted by these organisations.  

To demonstrate that your organisation has been affected by the summer of 201920 bush fires, please include details in the letter of support from the Head of your organisation which outline how the bush fires have affected your organisation. 

If in the judgement of the Selection Committee the organisation submitting an application has been affected by the summer of 201920 bush fires an extra point will be given against each of the following selection criteria: 

• Relevance to a specified target audience & the community in general
• Quality of the project in terms of its aims, content, rationale and likely benefit

Projects and applications will still need to abide by the MMAPSS eligibility criteria.
As always, MMAPSS is open to applications for cash grants, in-kind (non-cash) support and internships. 
Applicants from organisations which have not been affected by the summer of 201920 bush fires are strongly encouraged to apply as usual.

For more information, a Q&A about this is available at:

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The museum’s grant and internship program (known as the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme or MMAPSS) offers funding to regional museums and organisations to help preserve or display objects of national and historical maritime significance.

It also supports staff or volunteers, from remote or regional organisations, to spend time learning specific skills and making valuable connections.

Many cultural institutions around the country care for maritime items of historical and national significance. The museum supports and encourages efforts to conserve and display unique local objects for today’s audiences and future generations.

If your museum or organisation has an object of significance you want to preserve or display then you may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $15,000. Funding is provided by the Australian Federal Government and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

The scheme gives grants of up to $15,000 for projects that fall into one of these categories:

  • 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 relevant education or public programs which make collections more accessible to audiences
  • Museological training for paid or unpaid workers of not-for-profit organisations caring for Australia's maritime collections.
  • Internships funding of up to $3,000 is available to help develop museological skills and knowledge to increase standards of practice in caring for and managing maritime collections.

Since 1995, the scheme has given over $1,800,000 in support of over 440 projects to organisations in Queensland, New South Wales (including Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands), Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

More Information

If you have any questions about MMAPSS please contact the coordinator:

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.

Featured image: Maritime Archaeology Association of Western Australia (MAAWA) Shannon Reid recording underwater MMAPSS 2016-17