Grants and awards | December 06, 2021

Local history grants up for grabs

Local history groups looking to preserve, record and share their town’s history are being encouraged to apply for 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, sports clubs, schools and other organisations that collect and preserve the stories of our region.

The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy said the grants aimed to support local community groups planning or currently working on projects to secure their stories for generations to come.

Local projects supported through the 20/2021 program include:

  • Arapiles Historical Society Inc - $7,470 for the purchase and installation of protective display cabinets
  • Dunmunkle Sump Oilers Machinery Preservation Inc - $500 for a public photo display
  • Hopetoun & District Historical Society Inc - $4,152 for Know the past: Hopetoun’s History on View Information
  • Warracknabeal Cemetery Trust - $6,288 for Warracknabeal Cemetery Public Historical Record

Ms Kealy said the diversity of past successful projects demonstrated how important it was to preserve our local history for future generations to enjoy.

“The Lowan electorate has a vibrant history with many important local stories to share and preserve,” she said.

“It’s been fantastic to see a number of history groups and other organisations from across our region successfully secure a local history grant to pursue their own local projects.

“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 on 24 January 2022.

For further information or to apply visit


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