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

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.


Amount available: Up to $500

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


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 communities 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, accommodation and registration.  They will not cover meals.


TO APPLY: Please apply via the SmartyGrants application form.


Please read the 2017 guidelines before applying for this grant.  Applications must be completed in strict accordance with the guidelines, so make sure you read them thoroughly before submitting your application.


Need more information? Contact the Museum Programs and Collections Coordinator.









The Volunteer Museum Grant Program is a Create NSW devolved funding program, administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) on behalf of the NSW Government.


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Museums & Galleries of NSW helps museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres of NSW create exciting and inspiring experiences for visitors and strong, thriving local communities. We develop their skills, connect them with others in the industry, provide funding, point visitors their way, and give them access to ground-breaking exhibitions.

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

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