What is 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 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.)


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
  • Local councils
  • Universities
  • Libraries
  • State Schools

If you are not sure about your organisation’s legal entity status, consult your Treasurer or Financial Officer.



Applications close 8 January 2020.


More Information


Round 17 Recipients 2018-2019

Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum Inc.
Awarded $5,692
Interpretation panels and signage for historic exhibits display

Bacchus Marsh and District Historical Society
Awarded $12,973
Digitisation of The Bacchus Marsh Express Newspapers

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative
Awarded $15,000
BADAC: 40 Years Strong

Beaumaris Modern Inc.
Awarded $2,010
Beaumaris Modern Walking Tour App

Benalla Aviation Museum Inc.
Awarded $1,320
Museum Information Signage

Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve Inc.
Awarded $3,000
Historical timeline and details of the Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve

Carlton Community History Group Inc.
Awarded $2,030
Digitisation and preservation of oral history interviews and talks

Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge
Awarded $7,800
70 years in the making: Capturing the history of billy cart racing in Castlemaine

Colac and District Family History Group Inc.
Awarded $2,098
Computer to Digitise Colac and District Family History

Collingwood Children’s Farm (CCF)
Awarded $15,000
Shared Histories

Creswick Museum – Hepburn Shire
Awarded $4,350
Purchase and installation of compactus unit for the Creswick Museum Research Centre

Creswick Railway Workshops Assoc Inc.
Awarded $8,330
Creswick Interactive History Installation: 100 Years of Culture Change

Dried Fruits Australia
Awarded $15,000
Dried Vine Fruits Industry: Preservation of 100 years of History Stage Two

Echuca Historical Society Inc.