The Lizzie Russell Oral History Grant Scheme


This grant scheme aims to foster small oral history initiatives in South Australia or the Northern Territory and is open to financial members of Oral History Australia SA/NT.

Oral History Australia South Australia/Northern Territory wishes to support, assist and help develop oral history  projects in these states. The grant scheme is funded by sales of the Oral History Handbook by Beth M. Robertson.

We hope that the scheme fills a gap left by the closure of many federal and state funding options and helps revive an important means of recording South Australia’s and the Northern Territory’s history.  We encourage all prospective oral historians to join our Association so that we can help fulfil these objectives.

In 2023, one grant of $500 will be offered.

Who Can Apply?

Applications are invited from individuals, community groups and voluntary organisations who are financial members of Oral History Australia SA/NT.  Membership forms can be found on the OHA SA/NT website here.

What Can Be Funded?

Suitable oral history projects may include:

  • recording oral history interviews
  • transcribing new or existing oral history interviews
  • using new or existing interviews for e.g., an exhibition, display, website content, multimedia product, arts projects, or
  • a combination of these

The projects may be on any of a range of topics that highlight an aspect of SA or NT history, such as:

  • community or family history
  • history of an organisation
  • a particular subject area, e.g., music, sport, education, medicine, architecture

What Can the Funds be used for?

Funds may be used towards project costs, including travel to interviews, professional recording equipment, digitisation costs, or employing a professional oral historian or transcriptionist.

Oral history recordings can be audio-only or video and should ideally be recorded at a quality suitable for archiving in a repository such as the State Library of South Australia (SLSA), the Library and Archives NT (LANT), the Oral History Hub at Uni SA, local history collections, libraries, etc.

How can I apply?

Applications must be made on the official application form.  You can download the application form as a Word document or a pdf document.

Details about assessment criteria and what cannot be funded are included on the form.

Please submit completed application forms by 30 June, 2023. E-mail submissions to the SA/NT Association’s email address

Lizzie Russell Oral History Grant Recipients

Past recipients of the Lizzie Russell grants have included:
  • Dr Eleanor Hogan
  • May-Kuan Lim
  • Susan Timpani
  • Leila Kasprzak
  • Dr Sally Stephenson
  • National Railway Museum
  • Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum
  • Russian Ethnic Representative Council
  • Coober Pedy Historical Society
  • Rocky River ‘Riters
  • Macclesfield Butter and Cheese Factory