Media Releases History Grants

Local history grants now available

24 November 2016

Thursday 24th November 2016

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is encouraging community groups to apply for a share in $350,000 in funding for projects that preserve and share stories from our past.

Ms Ryan said this latest round of grants of up to $15,000 is available through the Public Record Office’s Local History Grants Program for projects that preserve and share stories of our region.

“These grants provide greater accessibility to Victoria’s history and aim to support a range of projects that share our history in innovative and engaging ways,” Ms Ryan said

Projects that have been supported in the past through the Local History grants include the digitisation and preservation of newspapers, virtual exhibitions and websites, filmmaking and playwriting, historical walks and restoration of historical costumes.

“The Euroa electorate has a rich and diverse history with our local newspapers dating back to the 1860s with many important stories to share and preserve,” Ms Ryan said

“In the past few months, both Girgarre and Rushworth have released books detailing the history of their towns but there are many other communities whose stories should be told.

“Stories are often down from one generation to another. This grant provides an opportunity to record that oral history to ensure the history of our towns and communities is captured for future generations

“The Local History Grants Program is open to all not-for-profit community groups and I encourage historical societies, schools, sporting clubs and special interest groups to visit the Public Record Office website to find out more about the program and how it can support them to tell their story.”

Ms Ryan said the diversity of the past successful projects past shows just how important it is to preserve our history for future generations to enjoy.

Applications for the Local History Grants Program are now open, closing at 5 pm on 31st January 2017.

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