Holsworth Local Heritage Grants

2020 successful applications

Some hard decisions had to be made this year as, although the funding pool had increased, the increase in the number of applicants was greater. As the state-wide pool of funding for publishing (paper) history from Government shrinks, greater pressure is applied to generous private funds like the Holsworth Local Heritage Trust.

The successful applicants in 2020 are:

  • Charlton Croquet Club
  • Chiltern Athenaeum
  • East Gippsland Family History Group
  • Moe & District Historical Society
  • Heytesbury & District Historical Society
  • Romsey Lancefield & District Historical Society
  • Mortlake & District Historical Society
  • Stanley Athenaeum
  • Warragul & District Historical Society


The purpose of the Holsworth Local Heritage Trust, a charitable fund within the Victorian Community Foundation, is to invite applications for grants from not-for-profit organisations such as historical societies, clubs, schools and museums in regional and rural Victoria.

The Trust is interested in supporting enthusiastic community groups and organisations with a true interest in heritage preservation and appreciation, and the enhancement of community life.

About the grant

Read about past grant recipients

Grants of up to $2,000 are available for the publication of any specific or general local history or natural history in rural and regional Victoria. The Grant is intended for small organisations with an interest in publishing works of historical value, even where the organisation has little or no experience of self publishing work. Joint projects encompassing several groups or annual/special edited journals incorporating submitted historical articles from a wide community are encouraged.


Applicants are required to submit a proposal including details of the intended date of publication. It is expected that considerable research has already been undertaken before applying.

Application deadlines

Applications open on 1 March and close on 31 July each year.

These are considered by the Holsworth Local Heritage Trust Sub-committee. The Sub-committee makes recommendations to Equity Trustees by the end of August, being the Trustee of the Victorian Community Foundation – Holsworth Local Heritage Trust. Applicants will usually be advised by mid-September. Grants are paid via the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Within three months of publication, a completed publication is to be provided to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria as proof of publication. This copy will be presented to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Applicants are reminded that Legal Deposit Legislation requires that a copy of all publications published in Victoria must be lodged with the State Library of Victoria and the National Library of Australia.

Completing your application

Read the Guidelines carefully before making a submission, and complete the application form (PDF versionMS Word version) in full.