Grants of up to $600 are now available to fund history and/or heritage projects in Nillumbik.
The Shire has a fascinating history; from Nillumbik’s First People, our local pioneers, historic sites, homes and buildings, memorials and cemeteries, and our arts and culture heritage.
Priority will be given to new and innovative grant projects that provide opportunities for community to engage with our local history and heritage as part of an active and creative lifestyle.
Mayor Frances Eyre said history and heritage contributes strongly to shaping our community.
“The area now comprising the Shire of Nillumbik has been inhabited for thousands of years by the Wurundjeri-willam clan of the Woi-wurrung speaking people, and we have a rich and diverse history here in Nillumbik,” she said.
“Activities involving history and heritage allow us to share our stories and explore what has passed, which can aid our health and wellbeing, enhance knowledge and skills, build connections and bring joy,” Cr Eyre said.
Last year the grants funded 13 projects run by an array of community groups, including the North Eltham Wanderers Cricket Club, who were funded to update their honour boards and trophies display in their new club rooms.
Other projects supported by the fund include support for the Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day Services at Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park and a digital honour board at the Greensborough Hockey Centre.
All History and Heritage Grant applications will be assessed by Council’s Arts and Cultural Development Grants Assessment Panel which will include representation from the Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (ACAC).
To apply for an annual History and Heritage Grant, visit nillumbik.vic.gov.au/History-Heritage-Grants
Applications close on Sunday 31 August.
Image: ‘Eltham North’ by John Wakefield.