The Member for Northern Victoria Region, Candy Broad today announced the local winners of the Victoria 175 History Grants as part of the celebrations to mark 175 years since the founding of Melbourne.
Ms Broad said the Victoria 175 History Grants aimed to support community organisations who sought to preserve, publish and commemorate the origins of the founding stories of Victoria.
“These Victoria 175 History Grants recognise the importance of sharing stories and detailing those events which have shaped our local area,” Ms Broad said.
“Importantly, in telling these stories, we all get to learn about those local organisations and individuals who contributed so much to their communities.”
Ms Broad said the Sawmill Settlement Water Works & Community Association had received a grant of $10,000 to print and publish a history of the Sawmill Settlement.
Ms Broad said that across the state, a number of organisations received grants to map local history, as part of this year’s important celebrations.
“More than $287,000 in grants have been provided to community organisations and this funding spread reflects Victoria’s cultural diversity across regional and metropolitan areas,” Ms Broad said.
“Forty seven community groups received funding for projects that tell the stories behind individuals or organisations that have contributed to Victoria.”
Ms Broad said the Victoria 175 History Grants program was part of a series of initiatives to mark the 175th anniversary of both Melbourne and the first European settlement in what became Victoria.
The Victoria 175 History Grants program is administered by Public Record Office Victoria on behalf of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
A full list of the successful grant applicants can be viewed online at http://prov.vic.gov.au/CommunityCollections/Victoria175_HistoryGrants.asp