Grants for international student wellbeing

You can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 for events and activities to enhance the wellbeing of international students studying in the Northern Territory (NT).

The international student wellbeing grant program provides funding to:

  • deliver high quality activities that improve and promote international student wellbeing
  • enhance social connections and belonging of international students living in the NT
  • increase community understanding of the benefits and value of international students, including population growth and other economic, social and cultural contributions
  • provide tools and strategies for international students to manage mental and physical health, safety and employment.

Applications are now open for events and activities taking place from 1 December 2020 to 30 June 2021.

If your event or activity helps international students from three or more international education and training providers, your application may be prioritised.

You can apply if you are any of the following:

  • student or community group
  • association
  • registered business
  • international education and training provider
  • not-for-profit organisation.

You can also submit an application as a partnership with other businesses or organisations.

If you are a registered business, company or incorporated association you must have an ABN.

If you don’t have an ABN, you must show you have support of an auspice organisation.

You are not eligible to apply if you have not previously acquitted funding with StudyNT.

Funding can be used for the following:

  • exciting and innovative ideas that enhance the wellbeing and experiences of international students
  • events and activities that increase international students’ social connections, and create positive opportunities for them to connect and get involved in the local community
  • events and activities can include:
    • sporting activities
    • mental health awareness activities
    • volunteering and leadership programs
    • and community and multicultural events
  • travel costs
  • organisations can buy equipment providing it does not exceed 25% of the total value of the grant such as:
    • tablets
    • speakers
    • televisions.

Funding can't be used for the following:

  • organisations, community groups or individuals outside of the NT unless the event or activity directly benefits international students in the Territory
  • an event or activity that does not focus on the wellbeing of international students
  • an event or activity that does not meet the objectives of the grant outlined in the guidelines
  • purchase of equipment for individuals such as a mobile phone or laptop
  • commercial or business activities that make a profit
  • membership fees to professional organisations
  • funding directed towards fundraising or charitable activities
  • buying alcohol
  • illegal activities
  • costs associated with preparing a StudyNT international student wellbeing grant application
  • ongoing administration costs including overheads and service charges related to running an organisation
  • legal fees and insurance costs
  • events or activities that are political
  • events or activities that are discriminatory against another based on their gender, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status or religion.

Applications for the 2021 international student wellbeing grants round are now open until Monday 2 November 2020.

You can apply for a grant on GrantsNT.

If you haven't created a profile on GrantsNT, you will need to set one up before applying for any grant.

Your application will be assessed by an impartial judging panel including representatives from StudyNT.

The application will be assessed on the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria listed in the guidelines.

If your application is successful

You will be sent an email about whether your application has been successful. All decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

You will be sent a funding agreement. You must sign the agreement which outlines the purposes of the grant and the conditions you must follow.

Funds will not be provided until after StudyNT has received your signed agreement. All outstanding acquittals must be submitted before the grant can be paid.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email.

Promoting the NT Government during your event

You must prominently promote that the NT Government has provided funding for your event.

This includes all media releases and promotional material, prior to, during and after the event.

You should use the NT Government logo with the words 'Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government', which will be provided to you.

Duty of care and insurance

You must have public liability insurance with a recognised insurance provider that covers the activity and duration of the grant.

You may be asked to provide a copy of your public liability insurance policy within 5 days if the government asks you to do so.

Event organisers have a legal and moral obligation to plan properly and take reasonable steps to avoid risks of injury to people attending the event.

If organisers do not plan properly or take reasonable precautions, they may be liable to pay compensation to a person who is injured while attending an event organised by them.

Examples of the type of care that you must take include:

  • providing a safe environment:
    • in line with COVID-19 safety guidelines - read more on the NT Government's Coronavirus website
    • for children at family-based activities
  • ensuring power cords are securely taped down so that no-one can trip over them
  • protecting electrical equipment from wet weather.

When your event has finished

When your event has finished, you must:

  • complete an acquittal form (provided to you with your funding agreement)
  • provide a financial statement showing the funding provided to you was spent according to your funding agreement.

You must complete these four weeks after your event has finished and submit them on GrantsNT.

Any leftover funding

If you have funds left over after your event, you must advise StudyNT as soon as possible and return the funding to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.


If you have any questions or need help with your application, email StudyNT at

Last updated: 15 October 2020

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