Posted on 10. Sep, 2010 in Clayton Update

Community groups across Victoria are invited to apply for a share of $350,000 in funding to preserve and share their stories.

Minister for the Arts Peter Batchelor said applications were now open for community groups to apply for grants of up to $12,000 for individual projects as part of the latest round of the Brumby Labor Government’s Local History Grants Program.

“Communities right across Victoria have a range of stories to tell,” Mr Batchelor said.

“The Local History Grants Program aims to support projects that can help communities connect with their heritage – whether it is compiling a book, creating a website, purchasing preservation equipment, staging an exhibition or passing on the skills needed to share stories with future generations.”

Mr Batchelor said the program, which is open to Victorian not-for-profit community groups, celebrates local stories and supports the important work done by community groups across the state.

“Across Victoria, networks of dedicated volunteers and community organisations are taking on the responsibility of telling their local stories, ensuring they are preserved for future generations,” Mr Batchelor said.

“These stories – and the documents, objects and photographs that support them – reflect our rich and diverse society and build understanding of where we have come from and where we are going and through these grants we want to support that work.”

The Local History Grants program is administered by Public Record Office Victoria. Examples of past projects funded through the program include:

  • Newspaper microfilming and digitising;
  • Work on the archives of historical societies, churches, schools, fire brigades and other groups;
  • Projects for exhibitions in community halls and other public facilities;
  • School-based projects;
  • Historical murals and signage projects; and
  • Many book publishing projects.


Applications are now open and close on Friday, 19 November, 2010.

For details, visit or phone the grants administration officer at the Public Record Office Victoria on (03) 9348 5688.

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