Last updated:

October 31, 2023

The Victorian Government recognises that local and community history is an important part of Victoria’s memory. The Local History Grants Program encourages and fosters community activities that preserve, record and share the local, social and community history of Victoria and Victorians. The Local History Grants Program is supported by the Victorian Government through the Community Support Fund.


Local History Grants Program 2023-2024

Applications are now open for the 2023-2024 round of the Local History Grants Program.

Applications close midnight, Monday 11 December 2023.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

Before starting your application, we strongly recommend that you read the Application Guidelines which provide important information about the eligibility criteria. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is also available here

Grants Online User Registration

The online application form must be completed by a person authorised to submit the grant on behalf of the applicant organisation. The online process allows applications to be saved and completed at a later time. You will be required to register as a Grants Online user in order to 'Save as Draft' or 'Submit' an application form. If you are already a Grants Online registered user, you will be directed to enter your username and password when you 'Save as Draft' or 'Submit' the application. If you are not a Grants Online registered user, you will be directed to create a username and password.

It is recommended that applicants start the process early to allow sufficient time to obtain necessary supporting documents.

Need help?

We recently held an Information Session.  Please click here to watch a recording of the session on the PROV YouTube channel.  

If you require further information on the Local History Grants Program or assistance submitting your application, please email

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Local History Grants Program 2022-2023

Congratulations to the recipients of Round 21 of the Local History Grants Program. Forty-two community and history groups share in $350,000 funding as part of this round, with projects ranging from newspaper digitisations, walking tours, preservation works and oral histories. View all recipients here.

Read the Ministerial announcement: Funding takes local history grants and awards forward.


Accountability Reports for current grant recipients

All successful Local History Grants recipients are required to complete the following reporting in accordance with the conditions of their grant Funding Agreement.  All reports are provided in word format:  

Progress Reports

For grants awarded in the financial year 2014-2015 and the years prior, Progress Reports should be completed at six monthly intervals. For grants awarded in the 2015-2016 financial year and thereafter, Progress Reports should be submitted at 12 monthly intervals.

Download the Progress Report.

Project Variation

Requests for project variation (timeframes, products, budget etc.) can be made via the Project Variation Form.

Project Completion Report and Accountability Statement

A Project Completion Report and Accountability Statement must be completed once the project has been completed. The report should provide details of the project outcomes and items or services which were purchased with the grant funds. Where your organisation has been Fund Managed or auspiced, the authorised contact officer from that organisation will be required to sign the expenditure statement.

Download the Project Completion Report and Accountability Statement.

Acknowledgements Advice

Projects funded by the Local History Grants Program should (where possible) acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government in making your project possible by displaying or printing the Victorian Government and Public Record Office Victoria logos, and including a written acknowledgement provided in this document. 

Download the Acknowledgement Advice and Vic Gov and PROV Logos


If you require further information on the Local History Grants Program please email

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