The team from Yackandandah and District Historical Society have made an in-person plea to Indigo councillors for funding to help keep the doors of their museum open.
Speaking at a special council meeting on Thursday, society treasurer Pam Noble said the loss of profits over the past two years had been very concerning.
"We recently have lost two volunteers due to age and relocation," she said.
"Membership fees also contribute to our income as do museum entry box donation taking, but unfortunately many visitors don't seem to carry much cash with them these days."
She said the museum had forecast a $4000 loss for the year, but an unexpected increase of visitors in March and April brought that back to an $820 loss.
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"We the historical society passionately believe the importance of preserving and displaying the special heritage of this shire and it would be wonderful if we could be freed from some of the burden of continual fundraising, to be able to concentrate on what we do best," Ms Noble said.
But Cr Di Shepheard questioned the amount.
"You've asked for $75,000 and you made a loss of $820, so I'm just trying to work out what do you need," she said.
"A loss of $820 doesn't speak to the vicinity of $75,000."
The Kergunyah Memorial Hall also asked for an increase in council funding to $100,000 to help the committee go to the Victorian government with a case for state funding to reconstruct and extend the 90-year-old hall.
Resident Steve Larkin said $40,000 had also been raised by the committee, but the total cost of the project had been estimated at more than $250,000.
He said it could be "a magnificent facility".
The Coalition had committed to spend $115,000 if elected at last year's state election, but that was not matched by the Labor Party.
Indigo councillors will consider the community submissions before finalising their 2019-20 budget.
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