Up to $15,000 is available from Local History Grants Program for the preservation and care of Victoria’s cultural heritage within and across communities.

Local History Grants Program


Local History Grants Program

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. The Program supports the efforts of the many community groups and organisations that collect and preserve the materials and memories from Victoria’s past. It aims to encourage collaboration and partnerships between volunteer groups to undertake projects (e.g. oral history, digitising, and interpretation) as well as to develop skills and resources to support community collections.



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

Through the Local History Grants Program, the Victorian Government provides support to community-based organisations in the preservation and care of Victoria’s rich cultural heritage, within and across communities. The grants also recognise the importance of increasing the public’s access to our State’s multifaceted history through a diverse range of platforms and experiences. Researching, writing and publishing the history of local communities is a popular activity and one of the ways in which Victorians connect with each other and their past. The program aims to provide support for these mostly volunteer activities, to increase the skills of volunteer local historians and to help ensure the care and management of our State’s history.



Small grants of up to $15,000 are made for the preservation and sharing of Victorian history by a variety of local community based organisations interested in telling the stories from their own communities, preserving their collections and increasing opportunities for the public to engage with the past.


Eligible Projects

Projects that are considered for the Local History Grants Program involve strong community involvement and benefits and can include, for example:

  • The recording of oral histories
  • The preparation and publishing of local history books including e-publications
  • Conservation and cataloguing of objects and records
  • The development and production of exhibitions
  • Web projects that provide local history information or resources
  • Training in local history or collection management skills
  • The design and production of interpretation panels and heritage walks.
  • The digitisation and publishing of collection items and local history information.
  • Digital storytelling including film and DVD projects.
  • Apps for mobile devices
  • Consultancy fees for the provision of specialist skills not found within the organisation.
  • The purchase of archival quality storage products
  • Newspaper digitisation projects (will only be considered if organisations have liaised with the State Library of Victoria and consented to supply copies for publishing on TROVE. A letter acknowledging this agreement with SLV must be supplied as part of the application.)
  • Digitisation of Public Records (projects will be considered if the organisation has liaised with Public Record Office Victoria and consented to supply copies for publishing on PROV’s website, where appropriate. A letter acknowledging any arrangements with PROV must be supplied as part of the application and projects identified as partnerships must comply with PROV digitising standards.)
  • Equipment and assets to display or preserve collections (such as IT and digitising equipment, display cases or archival shelving may be considered for funding; however you must demonstrate the organisations need and its ongoing use beyond the life of the project.)


Eligible Applicants

In order to receive the Local History Grants Program from the Local History Grants Program your organisation will need to meet the following criteria.

The organisation applying must be:

  • Based in Victoria
  • Not-for-profit

In addition your organisation will also need to be either:

  • Registered with the Office of Consumer Affairs Victoria as either an Incorporated body or Association, Co-operative, OR be auspiced by a group with this status
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) OR be auspiced by a group with an ABN (eg Council, Library etc)

Applications from organisations affiliated with, or funded through State or Federal Government will be considered provided: the project is undertaken in partnership with a community based organisation that fits the aforementioned criteria; and the project demonstrates strong community involvement and lasting benefit. These organisations might include:

  • Statutory authorities
  • Municipalities
  • Universities
  • Libraries
  • Fire Brigades
  • State Schools



Applications close 18 December 2018.


More Information


Round 16 Recipients 2017-2018

Ballarat Memorial Concert Band
Awarded $11,590
Ballarat Memorial Concert Band: A Century of Music – Stories of Ballarat

Bendigo Regional Genealogical Society Inc
Awarded $13,453
The Elmore Standard Digitisation Project

Box Hill Historical Society Inc
Awarded $7,650
Chasing the Dragon’s Tale: Researching Box Hill’s Pioneer Chinese Residents

Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association
Awarded $2,750
Researching, Collecting and Preserving Over 128 Years of the Association’s History

Castlemaine Historical Society Inc
Awarded $850
To Preserve Castlemaine and District History By Digitisation of the Castlemaine

Chinese Australian Family Historicans of Victoria Inc
Awarded $13,232
Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser 1857-1867 Digitisation on Trove

Colac and District Historical Society
Awarded $9,000
Cataloguing of the Johnstone Collection

Dried Fruits Australia
Awarded 7,860
Dried Vine Fruits Industry: Over 100 Years of History and Memorabilia

El Dorado Museum Association
Awarded $11,632
El Dorado Museum Association Collection Storage and Cataloguing Project

Eltham District Historical Society
Awarded $2,530
Furthering the Collection Management Objectives

Essendon Historical Society Inc
Awarded $8,495
Display Cases for Essendon Courthouse Museum Following Major Fire

Falls Creek Historical Society
Awarded $9,598
Falls Creek Heritage, Environment and Arts – Trail Signage Project

Federation University Australia
Awarded $7,000
Mapping Children’s Histories in Ballarat

Foster and District Historical Society Inc
Awarded $5,990
Prom Country History Online

Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative
Awarded $8,474
Development of a Website for the Krowthunkooloong Keeping Place

Halls Gap and Grampians Historical Society
Awarded $1,687
Halls Gap and Grampians HS Online Cataloguing

Heidelberg Historical Society Inc
Awarded $5,346
Conservation Treatments of Framed Paintings and Historic Photographs

Her Place Women’s Museum Australia
Awarded $15,000
Re-imagining the Women’s Mural – A Virtual Tour

Horsham Rural City Council
Awarded $6,500
Community Stories – Local Emergencies

Indigo Shire Council
Awarded $4,895
Indigo Shire Digitisation and Cataloguing Project

Kilmore Historical Society Inc
Awarded $3,581
Kilmore Historical Society Textile Assessment and Conservation Project

Kirrae Health Service
Awarded $15,000
Framlingham Digital Tour

Korumburra and District Historical Society
Awarded $14,415
Digitisation of ‘Great Southern Advocate’

Kyneton Museum
Awarded $14,232
Upgrading Exhibition Display Cases

Maccabi Victoria
Awarded $7,500
Researching, Collecting, Preserving, Sharing and Displaying over 100 Years of Sport as an Integral Part of Jewish Immigration to Victoria

Mission to Seafarers Victoria Inc
Awarded $3,800
Conservation and Display of Records of the Visitors to the Mission to Seafarers 1907-1951

Morwell Historical Society
Awarded $4,227
Morwell Historical Society Display Cabinets

Museums Australia (Victoria) Inc
Awarded $15,000
Small Museums Cataloguing Manual (5th Edition)

Nungurner Community and Coast Action Group
Awarded $2,000
Nungurner Foreshore History Project

Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Committee Inc
Awarded $5,500
The Story of the Stations

Powerhouse Rowing Club
Awarded $1,062
Researching, Collecting and Preserving over 85 Years of the Association’s History to Produce an E-Book

Queenscliffe Historical Museum Inc
Awarded $2,664
Digitisation of Queenscliffe Historical Museum Collection

Raymond Island History Group
Awarded $4,500
Raymond Island History Group Archival Storage

Red Cliffs and District Historical Society Inc
Awarded $3,900
Red Cliffs Storyposts

Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Awarded $15,000
Private Property – An Exhibition that Explores Human Influence on Victoria’s Landscape

Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum
Awarded $6,270
Bendigo 1858-1914 Military Forces Display

Stawell Historical Society
Awarded $594
Creation of a Living History Display

Stick Shed Committee of Management
Awarded $8,646
The Murtoa Stick Shed Informative Website and Signage Project

Tarnagulla Public Hall Committee
Awarded $6,897
Fitout of Town History Archive Room

The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc
Awarded $13,519
Saved: The Archives of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria

The Melbourne Camera Club
Awarded $3,687
Melbourne Camera Club Archival Storage Project for Permanent Print Collection

Victorian Canine Association Inc T/A Dogs Victoria
Awarded $13,900
Digitilisation of First 38 Years of Kennel Control Council Gazettes

Netball Victoria
Awarded $2,314
Documenting a Century of Netball in Victoria: Cataloguing, Preserving and Digitising

Women’s Art Register
Awarded $9,582
Women’s Art Register Preservation Project

Wurinbeena Limited
Awarded $15,000
Secrets and Songlines of Bung Yarnda

Yackandandah Golf Course and Recreation Reserve CoM Inc
Awarded $3,500
Interpretative Signage at Yackandandah Golf Course