Who can apply

If you want to apply for a small or major community grant in the Northern Territory (NT) you must be either:

  • an NT-based non-profit community organisation
  • or an NT regional council.

You must also be incorporated under one of the following:

  • the Associations Act
  • the Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth)
  • the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 (Commonwealth)
  • any other Act of Parliament.

If you are not incorporated and can't arrange a sponsor, you can ask for an exemption when you apply. Read more about sponsors and community grants.

Who cannot apply for funding

You can't apply for a small or major community grant if you are:

  • an individual
  • an organisation licensed to operate electronic gaming machines
  • a government or semi-government organisation like a hospital, library or municipal council (regional councils are eligible)
  • a public or private school - including primary, secondary and tertiary institutions
  • a school affiliate or auxiliary body like a school council
  • a research foundation or trust
  • an NGO that has failed to acquit a previous community benefit fund (CBF) grant.

What you can apply for

You can apply for funding for projects that:

  • are non-commercial
  • contribute to community lifestyle and advancement in areas like sport, recreation, arts, care or public amenities.

Funding applications may be considered for the following projects:

Equipment for day-to-day activities

You can apply for funding to buy any of the following:

  • sports and play equipment
  • office equipment 
  • furnishings. 

Special one-off events and activities

These include:

  • community arts and recreation events
  • community education activities
  • conferences.

Community and organisational development

This includes:

  • access and equity projects
  • community research projects
  • organisational review and development
  • volunteer support.

Capital works

This includes full or partial funding for:

  • health, safety and access upgrades to community facilities
  • fit out costs for community facilities
  • motor vehicle and equipment purchases.

Sponsorship of major community events - major community grants only

You can apply for major community grant funding to sponsor large events that attract broad areas of the community.

What you can't apply for 

You cannot apply for major grants program funding for any of the following:

  • operational or core business activities
  • commercial ventures, developments or outputs
  • experimental or pilot programs, unless future funding is guaranteed
  • funding to cover debts - this includes reimbursement for completed projects and loan repayments.

You also cannot apply for recurrent expense funding. This includes regular salaries and wages, administration expenses and short-life equipment. Salaries for one-off events and projects are permitted.

Projects that won't be funded

The following projects won't be funded:

  • transient or temporary projects that do not contribute to community improvement
  • projects that are not consistent with fund objectives
  • projects that may be considered inappropriate or offensive 
  • fundraising activities
  • political or religious activities
  • projects that may negatively impact business or compete with local commercial activities
  • projects that are the responsibility of another government funding program, unless the other program does not have capacity to provide the funds.

Projects that start before your grant is approved will not be funded. Do not purchase goods, services or equipment included in your application until you have received formal funding approval.

Duplicate funding

If you get duplicate funding from a different funding source, you should pay your small or major community grant back in full.

Multiple applications

Small community grants

You may submit up to two small community grant applications per organisation, per region, in any funding round. Applications must be for different purposes.

Multiple small community grant applications will not be considered if:

  • the purposes are related 
  • funding for the combined proposals is beyond the acceptable limit.

Major community grants

Multiple applications are not permitted for major community grants. You can submit one major community grant per organisation per round.

Successful applicants can apply for further grants, however cannot submit more than one application per round.

In assessing applications, the committee will consider previously awarded grants and understands the need to spread the benefit of the grants throughout the community. 

Any organisation with overdue acquittals will not be eligible for further grants.

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Last updated: 20 June 2018