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Baillieu grants $350,000 to preserve state history

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Victorian Premier and Arts Minister Ted Baillieu has announced a $350,000 grant for community and non-profit groups, in an act to preserve state history.
Baillieu grants $350,000 to preserve state history
Victorian community groups have been given access to a share of $350,000 in grants for projects that aim to preserve, collect and share the state’s stories from the past and present. Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu says non-profit groups—including historical societies, schools, sporting clubs and special interest groups—can claim a sum of up to $15,000 for funding toward creating projects that capture the development and interesting history of Victoria. ‘The Local History Grants program provides grants to support a diverse range of projects, including exhibitions and multimedia projects, publications, oral histories and the digitisation or preservation of vital historical items, which together provide greater access to our community history,’ he says. The state’s rich history has claimed the attention of Baillieu, who deems the past as an important celebration of unity for Victorians. ‘Victoria…has so many important stories to uncover and celebrate. This program supports projects that enable community members to connect with their history in innovative and engaging ways.’ The Local History Grants Program will also support volunteer networks and community organisations, regarding the preservation of the state’s heritage, ensuring long-lasting results for future generations. Run by the Public Record Office Victoria, the program is currently open for non-profit community groups across the state. Applications close Monday 12 November 2012. For more information, or to apply, visit Local History Grants Program

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