Storage provider EMC has called on Australians to apply for its Heritage Trust Project, founded to preserve information of historical or personal importance.
The company is offering grants of up to US$15,000 to selected individuals and organisations that apply before 30 November.
"Major catastrophes such as fire or theft are definite concerns, but general wear and tear can result in the same kind of tragic loss," said managing director David Webster.
In an announcement, the company pointed to the loss of the original NASA footage of the first moon landing.
"Many organisations rely on sponsorships and donations to keep their doors open, so going through a digitising process is unfeasible - which is why EMC is providing a helping hand to organisations across the world," Webster said.
Examples of potential applications include:
local libraries, museums or historical society collections
significant private collections of music, letters, or art
archives and records of local cultural or educational institutions and businesses
Those interested in applying can find more information at: http://www.emc.com/about/destination/information_heritage/heritage_trust/.