Small Grants aim to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums. There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.
Previous Small Grants have funded the purchase of computer cataloguing software, exhibition mannequins and display cases, oral history recording equipment and archival storage items.
Small 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.
Amount available: Up to $2,000
Round 1 opens – 1 February 2021
Round 1: 28 March 2021
Round 2: 12 September 2021
You must read the 2021 guidelines before applying for this grant:
Need more information? Contact the Museum Programs and Collections Coordinator
Round 2 opens on 19 July 2021
Without the regular program of grants available from Museums & Galleries of NSW, operating a small volunteer run museum such as Moruya Museum would be extremely difficult – particularly as fundraising capacity is limited in a depressed rural community. Grants from M&G NSW not only help to “keep the doors open and the lights on”, they enable museum volunteers to conserve and celebrate the stories relevant to their community.Small Grant recipient, 2018
The Grant Programs are great, easy to apply for and result in the delivery of some wonderful projects for local small museums.Small Grant recipient, 2020
This wonderful program has been great for helping our Centre to achieve its goals. It has allowed the Trangie LALC to purchase an additional display unit to add value to our centre, which in turn will attract further interest from visitors to the centre.Small Grant recipient, 2018
Museums and Galleries of NSW’s Grant Programs are excellent for regional museums and galleries enabling them to obtain funding that would otherwise be unavailable. The support given by the M&G NSW staff is invaluable.Small Grant recipient, 2018
We welcome the opportunity to apply for funds and feel part of the NSW museum family.Small Grant recipient, 2019
I would like to thank you on behalf of the Stroud & District Historical Society for the support and generosity. We greatly appreciated the funding for the preservation of our local history.Small Grant recipient, 2019
The Museums & Galleries grant program is essential to the continued operations and professional development of volunteer operated rural and regional museums. The program is designed to meet their needs and the grant applications are easy to understand and complete.Small Grant recipient, 2019
Over many years Nowra Museum has been fortunate to benefit from a variety of grants from MGNSW. In each case the grant funding has enhanced our ongoing programs, enabling us to offer our visitors an enriching experience… We would struggle to function at an adequate level without your support.Small Grant recipient, 2019
These Grant programs are most beneficial to Rural and Regional Museums such as our Thredbo Alpine Museum – where we are dependent on assistance in purchasing capital equipment in the face of changing technology to meet visitor expectations and enhance the overall cultural experience for the visiting public.Small Grant recipient, 2019
[M&G NSW is] Always a vital source of funding for community based, volunteer run, not for profit Museums such as ours.Small Grant recipient, 2019
The ease of use and courtesy of staff is very much appreciated.Small Grant recipient, 2019
SMALL GRANT RECIPIENTS
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.