Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, is encouraging local community organisations to put their hand up for a share in $350,000 of state funding, available for projects that preserve and share stories of local history.
The Local History Grants Program, which is managed by the Public Record Office Victoria, is currently accepting grant applications for up to $15,000.
Mr Walsh said the grants were a great opportunity for not-for-profit community groups to tackle valuable local history projects.
“Local history is irreplaceable for regional communities and our local historical societies and organisations do a great job of collecting and sharing our stories,” he added.
“Funds of as much as $15,000 can go a long way towards preserving our history and I’m strongly urging our local groups to get their applications in so these stories can be heard – now and by future generations.”
Examples of projects funded in previous rounds include making local history accessible through online virtual tours, walking apps, e-books, online digitisation projects and oral histories.
The Public Records Office encourages community groups considering an upcoming history or anniversary project – from sports clubs to schools and historical societies – to apply for a grant.
Applications close on March 9.
For further information or to apply visit https://prov.vic.gov.au/community/grants-and-awards/local-history-grants-program.