Local history grants open

Applications close Monday, December 11 (Unsplash).

Community groups from across Victoria, including Sunbury and Macedon Ranges, can apply for local history grants, celebrating and preserving the state’s rich history for future generations.

The grants program supports groups to record and share the stories of their local areas all the way from Coburg to Cobden, and Wodonga to Warrnambool.

Community groups are encouraged to apply for a share of $350,000 available in the latest round of support, with up to $15,000 available for individual projects.

Government Services Minister Gabrielle Williams said recording local history is fundamental to preserving the state’s shared history.

“We want Victoria’s past to be accessible for generations to come,” Ms Williams said.

“Our community groups and scholars do incredible work to preserve, capture and share our history for everyone to enjoy and learn from.”

Past recipients of the grants include Women’s Legal Service Victoria, which was awarded $12,320 for the preservation of archives.

These archives include biographical details of leaders who have advocated for Victoria’s legal system to better recognise and support women.

LGBTIQA+ Switchboard Oral History Project is another project where interviews from the founders of the Switchboard community organisation are housed by the Australian Queer Archives at the Victorian Pride Centre.

Over the years, projects have included newspaper digitisation projects, exhibitions, anniversary projects and conservation of precious community collections by historical groups, museums, schools and sporting clubs.

The program is administered by Public Record Office Victoria. Applications close Monday, December 11.

Details: prov.vic.gov.au