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Local History Grants Program

The Victorian Government recognises that local and community history is an important part of Victoria’s memory.

The Local History Grants Program encourages and fosters community activities that preserve, record and share the local, social and community history of Victoria and Victorians.

Round 14 grant recipients announced

Seventy-one community groups across Victoria are undertaking projects to preserve and share Victoria’s history thanks to the Local History Grants Program.

This year, groups ranging from historical societies, museums, schools, RSLs and other community organisations will all share in $350,000 for projects including historical displays, oral histories, and publications.

Project Name
St Arnaud & District Historical Society Inc.
Purchase of two lockable, glass display cabinets for safe display of historical records
Tatura Museum
Modernise Technology for better conservation of and access to our Local History
Katandra and District History Group Inc.
From Adversity to Prosperity – History of Katandra and District 1930-1960
The Chaffey Trail Reference Group
Chaffey Trail Vision
Volleyball Horsham
Volleyball Horsham 40 Year Anniversary History Book
Melbourne Health
Medical Voices: Oral histories of the Royal Melbourne Hospital senior medical staff
Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation
Budj Bim Guidebook: Stories from the Elders
St Paul’s Cathedral
Digitisation for conservation of Cathedral Chapter Minute Books 1878 – 1940
Romsey & Lancefield districts Historical society inc
Local history of our outlying settlements
Gold Museum, Sovereign Hill
Lucas Girls Oral History Project
Australian Aircraft Restoration Group
Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation History Interpretative Display
Disability Sport & Recreation
Disabled Sport in Victoria – A digital History
Moora Racecourse Recreation Reserve
Moora Racecourse Recreation Reserve Moments In Time
Taggerty Fire Brigade (CFA)
Taggerty Fire Brigade History
1st Beechworth Scout Group
Compilation of the history of the 1st Beechworth Scout Group
Victorian Jazz Archive trading as Australian Jazz Museum
Digital Transcription Of Historical Interviews
Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre
Echoes of Layfield Court – where the past merges with the present
Camperdown & District Historical Society
Camperdown’s Notable Scots
Friends of Hanging Rock
Book Publication – “Hanging Rock – An environmental history.”
Open Channel Co-operative Ltd
Open Channel’s video collection on Victoria’s History: ‘Open for Access’
Dookie and District Historical Society
Dookie and Katamatite Recorder Newspaper Digitisation Project
Yarrambat Heritage Museum
Yarrambat Heritage Museum Technology
Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
Assessment of Significance: Archives Historical Collection Diocese of Ballarat
458 RAAF Squadron Association
Special Squadron 75th Anniversary Publication
Birchip Historical Society Inc.
Purchase shopfront showcases to show-off Birchip’s culture
Kilmore Historical Society
Purchase of Equipment for WWI soldier Project
Flinders District Historical Society Inc.
Flinders Pier Precinct Museum
Thornbury Primary School
Thornbury Primary School Centenary Archives Project
Horsham Historical Society
Digitise old films stage two
Connewirricoo Community Centre
Walkway signage and historical photograph preservation and display
Royal Geelong Agricultural and Pastoral Society – Vintage Machinery Section
Interpretative signage for the Vintage Machinery display
Inverloch Historical Society
Digital recording & cataloguing of photos, documents & other historical items
Wandong History Group Inc.
Australian Seasoned Timber Company: Never before seen photograph exhibition
Geelong Regional Library Corporation
Digitising and indexing the South Barwon Town Council Rate Book Records 1857 -1960
Nillumbik Historical Society Inc.
Local History in Print
Maryborough Midlands Historical Society
Shoulders to the Wheel: Maryborough’s 20th Century Industrial Revolution
The Foundling Archive Victoria Inc.
From This Place: an Oral History of Ballarat Orphanage
Arapiles Historical Society
Establishment of permanent archive facility
Friends of Hawthorn Tram Depot
Centenary of the Hawthorn Tramways Trust
Giffard West Hall Reserve Committee of Management Incorporated
Giffard Darriman : A Community History
Charlton Golden Grains Museum
Purchase of display cases to enable the museum to utilise two newly created displays
Trust for Nature
Long Swamp: Whispers of the Past
Mirboo and District Historical Society Incorporated
Conversion of local newspaper “The Gippslander” already on CD to searchable DVD
Bendigo Historical Society Incorporated
Bendigo Historical Society Clothing Collection Conservation
Kiewa Valley Historical Society Inc.
Purchase of storage products from Archival Survival for conservation of collection
Wycheproof and District Historical Society Inc.
Mount Wycheproof Ensign – for All Time
Bass Valley Historical Society Incorporated
Bass Valley History Conservation, Preservation and Digitisation Project
Jeparit Heritage Walk Committee
Jeparit Heritage Historical Walk
Thorpdale Mechanics Institute Reserve Incorporated
Thorpdale Pioneers Stories
Indented Head Community Association Inc.
Rediscovering Indented Head’s History
Camberwell South Primary School
C.S.P.S. P.O.S.T: Camberwell South Primary School – Piecing Our Stories Together
Murchison & District Historical Society Inc.
Display of establishment and development of agriculture at Murchison
Thornbury Women’s Neighbourhood House Inc.
Recording and Acknowledging the 30 year history of Thornbury Women’s Neighbourhood
Miners Rest RFB
Miners Rest: First 75 years
Queenscliffe Maritime Museum Inc.
The Journal of John Clarke Jr.
Kuo Min Tang Society of Melbourne
Translate and republish Australia’s first Chinese-Australian novel: The Poison of Polygamy’
Bendigo Cemeteries Trust t/a Remembrance Parks – Central Victoria
Remembrance Parks: Central Victoria Notable Graves Walking Tour
Campbell’s Creek Community Inc.
Campbell’s Creek History and Heritage Walk – Information Board Installation
Gould Group Ltd (trading as Gould League)
Gould Archive Conservation, Preservation & Cataloguing Project
Victorian labour History Foundation
The Draft Resister ‘Safe House’
Terang & District Historical Society Inc.
“They served with Courage” – history of Terang WW1 service personnel.
Tablelands Community Centre
Ruffy Recollects – Historic Life and Learning in the Tablelands
Brighton Historical Society Inc.
A snapshot of Brighton: our pictorial history
Bengworden Hall and Recreation Reserve Incorporated
Bengworden’s Story and Spirit Captured in its Community Hall
Quarry Hill Primary School
The History of Quarry Hill Primary School No.1165 1857 – 2015
Rupanyup RSL
Rupanyup RSL World War One History
Learmonth and District Historical Society Inc.
Restoration and Preservation of photograph collection
Lancefield Branch, Country Women’s Association
The Lancefield Country Women’s Association Community History 1936 – 2016
Gippstown Reserve Board of Management
Production of interpretative historical signs for original buildings at Old Gippsland
Cornish Hill Committee of Management
Cornish Hill Reserve Heritage Trail
Johnny Mullagh Interpretive Centre Inc.
Crime through Time: A Glimpse of Harrow’s Criminal History

Have you received funding?

All successful Local History Grants awarded funding are required to complete the following reporting in accordance with their grants Agreement. All reports are provided in word format.

  • Progress Reports

These reports should be completed at six month intervals (or annually for Rounds 14 onwards), after receipt of funding for the duration of the project. Click on the link to download the Progress Report.

  • Project Variation

Requests for project variations (timeframes, products, budget etc.) can be made via the Project Variation Form.

  • Final Report and Accountability Statement

A final report and accountability statement must be completed once the project has concluded. It includes details of what items or services were purchased with the funds and the events or programs it supported. Where your organisation has been Fund Managed or auspiced, the authorised contact officer from that organisation will be required to sign the expenditure statement. Click on the link to download the Project Completion Report.

  •  Acknowledgements Advice

Projects should (where possible) acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government by displaying or printing the Victorian Government and Public Record Office Victoria logos, and including a written acknowledgement. Click on the links to download the Acknowledgements Advice and the Vic Gov and PROV Logos

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