Local history grants are now available

Local history and community groups are invited to put forward proposals for community projects that capture our diverse history as the latest round of local history grants are offered.

The Local History Grants Program, managed by Public Record Office Victoria, is now accepting applications of up to $15,000.

Public Record Office director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood says last year 71 community groups across Victoria shared in the funding for historical projects and publications, including the digitisation of Victorian records, the development of guided historic walking tours in Cornish Hill and Campbell’s Creek and the restoring of historic costumes from Bendigo.

The state government has made $350,000 available in this year’s round of grants.

Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings says Victoria’s diverse history is a drawcard for visitors, with a total of 6.5 million people visiting a museum, gallery, heritage site or monument within Victoria in 2015-16. He says this is an increase of 18.7 per cent over the last financial year, and has been growing at 7.6 per cent over the last five years.

You can submit your application online via www.prov.vic.gov.au. Applications close at 5pm on 31 January 2017.