Preserving the past – local history grants now available
07 November 2019
Euroa MP and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is encouraging local history groups looking to preserve, record and share their town’s history to apply for the Public Record Office Victoria’s Local History Grants Program.
Applications are now open for grants of up to $15,000 to assist local community groups and organisations that collect and preserve the stories of our region.
Ms Ryan said these grants aimed to support local historical groups planning or currently working on projects to secure their stories for generations to come.
“The Euroa electorate has a vibrant history with many important local stories to share for generations to come,” Ms Ryan said.
Projects previously supported through the program include the digitisation and preservation of newspapers, cataloguing of objects and records, the development and production of exhibitions and the purchase of high standard storage and display cases.
Local recipients from last year’s round of grants included the Benalla Aviation Museum Inc., Euroa Historical Genealogical Society, Kilmore Cemetery Trust, Merrigum and District Historical and Education Society Inc. and the Wandong History Group Inc.
Ms Ryan said that the diversity of past successful projects demonstrated how important it is to preserve our local history for future generations to enjoy.
“It’s been fantastic to see a number of history groups and organisations from across our region successfully secure a local history grant to pursue their own local projects,” Ms Ryan said.
“I encourage all local historical societies, schools, sporting clubs and specialist interest groups to apply for this grant to help share their stories.”
The Local History Grants Program is now open to all not-for-profit community groups.
Applications close at midnight 8 January 2020.
For further information or to apply, visit: https://prov.vic.gov.au/community/grants-and-awards/local-history-grants-program.