FOR all history buffs in the Wimmera, the Local History Grants Program is open for applications.
The grant, which is run by the Public Record Office allows community groups to apply for grants to help fund projects that preserve local history.
The Murtoa Stick Shed Committee of Management received $8646 for an informative website and signage project in 2018.
Murtoa Stick Shed Committee of Management secretary David Grigg said the grant was helpful as the committee was in it's first 12 months of running.
"At that stage of the game we were just established and we didn't have a lot of funds to get information to the public and wouldn't ave been able to do it ourselves. This brought the process forward by about 12 months," Mr Grigg said.
"It helped establish the development of our Stick Shed website and the other one was for an information post to put out the front of the stick shed for when the shed isn't open. It's a storyboard post to provide information with a recording."
Having applied for many grants, Mr Grigg said this one is nice and simple to apply for.
"It'a a very good program," he said.
"The help we got from the Public Records Office was good.
"We applied for the grant in January 2017 and were able to begin the project in July 2017. It was a reasonable turnaround."
The Horsham Historical Society had also received the Local History Grant in the past.
Acting President of the society, Rod Jenkisnon said he encourages groups to apply.
"You've got to be in it to win it," he said.
In 2015 the historical society received $2049 to purchase computers to allow community access to the group's digitised collection of photos and records and to digitise cassette tapes of interviews. The society were also able to purchase two computers for public access using the grant.
"One of the grants we were successful for was digisting old film, like 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm film which were superseded when video came out," he said.
"You can learn from the past. Whether it's flooding in Horsham or weather records.
Mr Jenkinson said the grants help with projects to preserve history.
"There are so many things if they are preserved, like buildings or stories, the history of the town, it gives people a backstop to where they are."
The Local History Grants Program is now open to all not-for-profit community groups.
Applications close at midnight on 9 March 2021.
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