Community benefit fund: major community grants

What you need to know to apply

You can apply for major community grants to fund a project in its entirety or for a portion.

Preference will be given to applications that include co-contributions.


Eligible organisations can apply for amounts between $15,001 and $250,000.

Funding depends on budget availability and the relative merit of applications. There is no guarantee of ongoing funding.

You can apply for funding twice each financial year.

Applications must be lodged between the opening and closing dates of the round.

Round 1

  • 1 July - round opens and you can apply
  • 31 August - round closes
  • 31 October - you will be notified.

Round 2

  • 1 January - round opens and you can apply
  • 28 February - round closes
  • 30 April - you will be notified.

To apply for a major community grant follow these steps.

Step 1. Fill in the major community grant form.

Use the major community grant form if you want $15,001 to $250,000 in funding.

Major community grants form PDF (72.4 KB)
Major community grants form DOCX (332.7 KB)

Step 2. Attach any supporting documents.

Step 3. Submit your application.

You can submit your application by email, mail or in person.

Department of the Attorney General and Justice
Community benefit fund secretariat
Level 3 NAB House
71 Smith Street
Darwin NT 0800

GPO Box 1154
Darwin NT 0801

Freecall: 1300 650 153
Fax: 08 8923 7616

Late applications will not be accepted.

Your application must be received by the CBF secretariat prior to the cut off time.

The cut off time on the closing day for applications is:

By email

If you send your application by email, the cut off time is midnight.

By mail

If you are sending your application by mail, it must arrive by 4pm.

In person

If you are delivering your application in person, you must deliver before 4pm

If the closing date falls on a weekend or public holiday, the deadline to submit will be extended to 10am the following business day.

A letter will be sent to your nominated email confirming your application has been received. Depending on the volume of applications received, this can take several days.

If you haven't received a letter after one week, contact the community benefit fund secretariat by calling 1300 650 153 or email

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Last updated: 13 February 2020

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