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Cash to preserve history

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November 22, 2017

COMMUNITY organisations can apply for a share of $350,000 to support projects that seek to preserve and share local history for the benefit of all Victorians.

The local history grants program, managed by public record office Victoria, is accepting applications of up to $15,000.

The program is about helping dedicated community organisations, who do such a great job of collecting and preserving Victoria’s history.

The recent round saw 53 community groups across Victoria share in the funding for historical projects and publications.

Projects funded included the digitisation of archive materials from regional Australia’s biggest and longest running pride event; the cataloguing of costumes from Brighton; and the development of an historical book about the Abbotsford Convent.

Other successful projects ranged from digitisation of historic newspapers to developing heritage town walks and recording oral histories.

Special minister of state Gavin Jennings said the grants were about keeping Victoria’s history alive. “Our community groups work hard every day to preserve and share Victoria’s past. These grants are about supporting them to keep our history alive for future generations,” he said.

“Local history is also an important driver of jobs and tourism – visitors to Victoria love our museums, galleries, historical sites and monuments and it’s important that we support our attractions.”

Victoria’s diverse history is a real drawcard for visitors, with 6.5 million people visiting a museum, gallery, heritage site or monument in the year ending June 2017. Over the past five years, this has grown by an average of 6.4 per cent a year.

Application can be submitted at prov.vic.gov.au/community/grants-and-awards. They close on January 31, 2018.

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