What is the Local History Grants Program?
The Local History Grants Program is a grant opportunity to encourage and foster community activities that preserve, record and share the local, social and community history of Victoria and Victorians.
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.
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 e-books.
- 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.)
- 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.)
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
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
- Local councils
- State Schools
If you are not sure about your organisation’s legal entity status, consult your Treasurer or Financial Officer.
Applications close 9 March 2021.
Round 18 Recipients 2019-2020
Alphington Bowls Club
The First Hundred Years
Beechworth Cemetery Trust
Beechworth Public Cemetery Website and Branding Project
Bellarine Historical Society Inc.
Displays of Agricultural Industries and Rural life
Bendigo Youth Choir Inc.
Sing, Dream, Belong, A History of the Bendigo Youth Choir
Buninyong and District Historical Society
Digital preservation of oral and video histories
Business & Tourism Creswick Inc.
A Goldmine of History – a pictorial history of the Australasian No 2 mine
Care Leavers Australasia Network Inc.
Geelong Care Leavers talk back to historical records of the Children’s Welfare Department
Charles Sturt University
Mayday Hills and Beechworth Cemetery Virtual Tour
Chiltern Court House Committee of Management
Chiltern Courthouse History Panels Project: presenting stories of the courthouse
Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria Inc.
Making Chinese-Australian travel records publicly available: An online database
Cottage by the Sea
Cottage by the Sea Archive Management System and storage equipment
Dandenong Ranges Historical Council Inc.
Digitise Ferntree Gully News 1940-1947
Darebin Heritage Assessment Study
Deaf Children Australia
Cataloguing Deaf Children Australia History Collection – 1862 – Present Day
East Gippsland Family History Group Inc. (EGFHG)
Preserving East Gippsland
Eureka Australia Descendants and Supporters
Eureka in Melbourne Walking App
Friends of St. Brigid’s Association
Preserving the history of St Brigid’s Crossley. Stage 1.
Geelong Regional Library Corporation
Significance Assessment Report and Perspectives Plan for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Materials in the Geelong Heritage Centre Archive
History Monash Inc.
New archival storage shelves and archival preservation materials
Kooloonong Natya Landcare Group
Kooloonong-Natya-Boundary Bend Centenary of Soldier Settlement 1920-2020
Korong Historical Society
E-publication with text and over 800 photographs of significant heritage sites
Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place within GEGAC Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative Ltd.
Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place: lockable display cabinets and archive quality prints
Landcare Victoria Inc.
Landcare Voices – an Oral History Phase II
Leongatha & District Historical Society Inc
Merino Progress Association Inc.
Merino Township Historic Signage
Mildura Rural City Council
100 years of Soldier Settlement
Morwell Cricket Club Inc
Morwell Cricket Club Public Display Records
Digitisation and Cataloguing of MSK’s Photographic Collection
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
Our Land, Your Law: Case Studies of Aboriginal Incarceration at Old Melbourne Gaol
North Cyprus Community of Victoria
Muslims of Victoria: Our stories of belonging, community and homemaking
Nullawil Historical Society Inc.
Auchmore museum collection archiving
Numurkah & District Historical Society Inc.
Display of, and signage for, tools and farming items currently in storage
Pammessinian Brotherhood Papaflessas Ltd
Messinia To Victoria Oral History
Phillip Island Historical Society
Oral Histories of Phillip Island
Scout Heritage Victoria
Conservation and Storage of Textile Event Pennants
St Arnaud & District Historical Society Inc.
St Arnaud Mining History Discovery Trail
Stawell Historical Society Incorporated
Implementation of a Digitising Project for cataloguing records of Museum Objects
Strathbogie Tableland History Group
Strathbogie Heritage Trail
Tetoora Road Community Centre Committee of Management
Oral History of Tetoora Road Area
The Albanian Australian Islamic Society
Melbourne’s First Mosque- Albanian Mosque Celebrating 50 Years
The Cancer Council Victoria
Eighty years of the Victorian Cancer Registry, 1940-2020
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Ltd (RASV)
Celebrating Victoria’s Rural Heritage – The Frank Johnson Photography Collection
The Sovereign Hill Museums Association
Pioneer Women of Ballarat Project
Torquay Museum Without Walls Inc.
Digitizing Torquay’s Civic History
Victorian National Parks Association Inc.
Park Watch: 70 years of protecting Victoria’s National Parks and reserves, 1952 – 2022
Werribee River Association Inc.
WRA’s 40 Years of Waterway Protection
Westgate Concert Band
Westgate Concert Band Digital Archive
Whitehorse Historical Society Inc.
Purchase and installation of display units for the Whitehorse Historical Society
Willaura Modern Inc.
Precious Objects: shared memories of our collective past
Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum
Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum-Significance Assessment
Winchelsea and District Historical Society
Woods’ Farming & Heritage Museum
Ball Gown Preservation
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
Culture Chats – Gathering Stories
Round 17 Recipients 2018-2019
Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum Inc.
Interpretation panels and signage for historic exhibits display
Bacchus Marsh and District Historical Society
Digitisation of The Bacchus Marsh Express Newspapers
Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative
BADAC: 40 Years Strong
Beaumaris Modern Inc.
Beaumaris Modern Walking Tour App
Benalla Aviation Museum Inc.
Museum Information Signage
Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve Inc.
Historical timeline and details of the Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve
Carlton Community History Group Inc.
Digitisation and preservation of oral history interviews and talks
Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge
70 years in the making: Capturing the history of billy cart racing in Castlemaine
Colac and District Family History Group Inc.
Computer to Digitise Colac and District Family History
Collingwood Children’s Farm (CCF)
Creswick Museum – Hepburn Shire
Purchase and installation of compactus unit for the Creswick Museum Research Centre
Creswick Railway Workshops Assoc Inc.
Creswick Interactive History Installation: 100 Years of Culture Change
Dried Fruits Australia
Dried Vine Fruits Industry: Preservation of 100 years of History Stage Two
Echuca Historical Society Inc.
Digitise and Archive 6493 pages 2001,2002 Riverine Herald
Environment Victoria Inc.
50 years of protecting Victoria’s environment
Euroa Historical Genealogical Society
Fire Services Museum of Victoria
Mosaic Upgrade and Enhancement
Gippstown Reserve Committee of Management
Old Gippstown Heritage Buildings and Collections History Website
Horsham Historical Society
Computers for public access to view our digitised collection
Kew Historical Society Inc.
Conserving the former City of Kew’s Mayoral Portraits
Kilmore General Cemetery Trust
Kilmore General Cemetery records conservation project
Kinglake Historical Society
Kinglake District Archival Storage
Kow Plains Homestead Committee (Mildura Rural City Council)
Kow Plains and Beyond Revisited 1849-2019
Leongatha and District Historical Society Inc.
The Leongatha Historical Society equipment project
Lilydale and District Historical Society
Digitisation of the Lilydale Express newspaper 1900-1913 and 1919-1920
Longwarry and District History Group Inc.
Historical Photo Display Panels
Digitisation of important historical films from the Melbourne Legacy Archives
Merrigum and District Historical and Educational Society Inc.
Making a Digital Merrigum
Nillumbik Historical Society Inc.
Digitising, Preserving and Sharing Documents and Artefacts from Diamond Creek’s Historical Society
Nuggetty Land Protection Group
Nuggetty Oral History
Old Geelong Football Club
Old Geelong Football Club Year by Year Web History Project
Port Fairy Historical Society Inc.
Equip a new purpose built archive facility
Quambatook Historical Centre Inc.
Remembering Quambatook History as told by the Towns older residents
Ringwood and District Historical Society
Establish Scanning Workstation (overhead scanner) for Large Documents
RMIT Design Archives
Creating culture through clothes 1980s to 1990s: the Sara Thorn fashion archive
Sale Historical Society Inc.
Archive Development 2019-2020
Skipton and District Historical Society
Digitisation and upload to Trove of the Skipton Standard, part 1, 1914-1928
Smythesdale Cemetery Trust
Smythesdale Cemetery Trust – A Tribute to the Women of the District
Sunbury Family History Society Inc.
Digitisation: The Sunbury News
Tatura and District Historical Society Inc.
Tatura Guardian Digitisation
The Chaffey Trail Reference Group
Chaffey Trail Ambassador Program
Tweddle Child and Family Health Service
Tweddle 2020 – From the First 100 Years to the First 1,000 days
Valencia Soldier’s Memorial Hall Committee
Digitisation and preserving of 1950s-60s local films
Wandong History Group Inc.
Purchase new equipment
Warburton Fire Brigade – Country Fire Authority
Warburton Community Fire History
Warragul and District Historical Society
Digitisation of film and audio tape records of local history
West Wimmera Shire Council (Kaniva Historical Museum)
Digitising Lawloit Times 1910-1929
Wodonga Historical Society Inc.
Extending coverage of the Albury Banner and Wodonga Express
Yarra Libraries (City of Yarra)
Digitisation of Fitzroy Cricket Club Annual Reports 1896-1986
Round 16 Recipients 2017-2018
Ballarat Memorial Concert Band
Ballarat Memorial Concert Band: A Century of Music – Stories of Ballarat
Bendigo Regional Genealogical Society Inc
The Elmore Standard Digitisation Project
Box Hill Historical Society Inc
Chasing the Dragon’s Tale: Researching Box Hill’s Pioneer Chinese Residents
Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association
Researching, Collecting and Preserving Over 128 Years of the Association’s History
Castlemaine Historical Society Inc
To Preserve Castlemaine and District History By Digitisation of the Castlemaine
Chinese Australian Family Historicans of Victoria Inc
Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser 1857-1867 Digitisation on Trove
Colac and District Historical Society
Cataloguing of the Johnstone Collection
Dried Fruits Australia
Dried Vine Fruits Industry: Over 100 Years of History and Memorabilia
El Dorado Museum Association
El Dorado Museum Association Collection Storage and Cataloguing Project
Eltham District Historical Society
Furthering the Collection Management Objectives
Essendon Historical Society Inc
Display Cases for Essendon Courthouse Museum Following Major Fire
Falls Creek Historical Society
Falls Creek Heritage, Environment and Arts – Trail Signage Project
Federation University Australia
Mapping Children’s Histories in Ballarat
Foster and District Historical Society Inc
Prom Country History Online
Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative
Development of a Website for the Krowthunkooloong Keeping Place
Halls Gap and Grampians Historical Society
Halls Gap and Grampians HS Online Cataloguing
Heidelberg Historical Society Inc
Conservation Treatments of Framed Paintings and Historic Photographs
Her Place Women’s Museum Australia
Re-imagining the Women’s Mural – A Virtual Tour
Horsham Rural City Council
Community Stories – Local Emergencies
Indigo Shire Council
Indigo Shire Digitisation and Cataloguing Project
Kilmore Historical Society Inc
Kilmore Historical Society Textile Assessment and Conservation Project
Kirrae Health Service
Framlingham Digital Tour
Korumburra and District Historical Society
Digitisation of ‘Great Southern Advocate’
Upgrading Exhibition Display Cases
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
Conservation and Display of Records of the Visitors to the Mission to Seafarers 1907-1951
Morwell Historical Society
Morwell Historical Society Display Cabinets
Museums Australia (Victoria) Inc
Small Museums Cataloguing Manual (5th Edition)
Nungurner Community and Coast Action Group
Nungurner Foreshore History Project
Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Committee Inc
The Story of the Stations
Powerhouse Rowing Club
Researching, Collecting and Preserving over 85 Years of the Association’s History to Produce an E-Book
Queenscliffe Historical Museum Inc
Digitisation of Queenscliffe Historical Museum Collection
Raymond Island History Group
Raymond Island History Group Archival Storage
Red Cliffs and District Historical Society Inc
Red Cliffs Storyposts
Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Private Property – An Exhibition that Explores Human Influence on Victoria’s Landscape
Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum
Bendigo 1858-1914 Military Forces Display
Stawell Historical Society
Creation of a Living History Display
Stick Shed Committee of Management
The Murtoa Stick Shed Informative Website and Signage Project
Tarnagulla Public Hall Committee
Fitout of Town History Archive Room
The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc
Saved: The Archives of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria
The Melbourne Camera Club
Melbourne Camera Club Archival Storage Project for Permanent Print Collection
Victorian Canine Association Inc T/A Dogs Victoria
Digitilisation of First 38 Years of Kennel Control Council Gazettes
Documenting a Century of Netball in Victoria: Cataloguing, Preserving and Digitising
Women’s Art Register
Women’s Art Register Preservation Project
Secrets and Songlines of Bung Yarnda
Yackandandah Golf Course and Recreation Reserve CoM Inc
Interpretative Signage at Yackandandah Golf Course