Leg Up Grants

  • MA FNC coast chapter volunteers at a workshop


    Leg Up - MA Far North Coast

    Museum volunteers on the Far North Coast listen to Anne Kennett deliver a workshop on paper conservation.

  • Anne Cummins and George Glencorse at metals workshop


    Leg Up - Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park

    Metals conservator, Anne Cummins, presented a workhop for Lithgow museum volunteers at the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park & Museum.

  • MA New England & Northwest Members at a workshop


    Leg Up - MA New England & Northwest

    Members at a workshop

Leg Up Grants are temporarily closed until the new SmartyGrants application process is completed.


Read the information on this page and the 2017 guidelines thoroughly before applying.


Leg Up Grants are quick response skill development grants for workers in volunteer managed museums throughout NSW. These grants fund various skill development projects including hosting or attending workshops, conferences or seminars in NSW, in addition to networking activities.

Previous Leg Up Grants have funded museum volunteers to attend conferences and workshops, and to gain training in areas of museum practice including paper conservation, oral history, disaster preparedness and significance assessment.


Closing: Applications accepted at any time (until all funds are expended).

Amount: Up to $500


If you are interested in applying keep in mind that:

  • Leg Up Grants are open to museums and Aboriginal Cultural Centres (with artefact collections and displays) with up to two full time paid staff members (no more than 70 hours of paid staffing per week) as well as museum networks such as Museums Australia Chapters.
  • The development activity must take place within NSW (or the ACT for those communties located close to Canberra).  If the activity is not going to take place within NSW, contact the Museum Programs and Collections Coordinator before submitting an application to discuss any extenuating circumstances.
  • Leg Up Grants will help cover the costs of travel, accomodation and registration.  They will not cover meals.


Ready to apply? 


Need more information? Read the 2017 guidelines or contact the Museum Programs and Collections Coordinator.


The application form must be completed in strict accordance with the guidelines, so make sure you read them thoroughly before submitting your application to the Museum Programs and Collections Coordinator.






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This is an Arts NSW devolved funding program, administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

The Museums & Galleries of NSW supports and promotes volunteer, artist run and professionally staffed public museums and galleries, and Aboriginal cultural centres, throughout NSW.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Museums & Galleries of NSW
(M&G NSW) provides programs and services improving the visitor experience in small to medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW.

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