Local community groups will have the opportunity to preserve, share and celebrate their stories, thanks to $1.66 million funding delivered in today's 2011-12 Victorian Budget.
The four year funding package will ensure the continuation of the popular Local History Grants Program and the Victorian Community History Awards, run by the Public Record Office Victoria.
Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said the programs support and recognise Victorian organisations, individuals and groups that work to preserve and share our local history.
"Reflecting on our history helps us to understand who we are and what we want to be," Mr Baillieu said.
"Victoria has more than 600 community museums and many other community groups – from schools to sporting clubs – that are actively engaged in the preservation of Victoria's history. It is a sector that relies heavily on goodwill and volunteering so it is important that we support and celebrate this work."
The Local History Grants Program awards annual grants to organisations and groups for projects that preserve or share historical information of community benefit.
Funded projects include publications, exhibitions, preservation and conservation of historical material, oral histories, websites and the creation of historical trails.
The Victorian Community History Awards is an annual awards program that recognises achievements and contributions in the area of community history. Cash prizes are awarded across seven categories.
"Local history gives people a sense of belonging and place, fostering local identity and participation. Collectively, these histories make up the rich fabric of our State," Mr Baillieu said.
"These important programs have been embraced by communities across Victoria and each year their popularity has grown significantly. We are pleased to secure funding to ensure that Victoria's stories can continue to be preserved and shared for future generations."