Grants for international student wellbeing

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

The international student wellbeing grant program provides funding to:

  • deliver high quality activities that enrich and promote student wellbeing
  • increase social connections and belonging to the NT
  • increase employment opportunities while students study and for graduates on a post-study working visa
  • increase community understanding of the benefits and value international students bring to the NT, including economic, social and cultural contributions
  • provide tools and strategies for students to manage mental health and physical safety.

Events and activities will take place from 1 July 2022 until 1 June 2023.

Events and activities offered under this program must be available to:
  • all international students or
  • students from at least three international education or training providers.

For a list of education or training providers, go to the Study NT website.

You can apply if you're any of the following:

  • registered business
  • international education and training provider
  • not-for-profit incorporated organisation
  • student or community group with an auspicing body
    • this is a not-for-profit organisation that takes on the legal and financial responsibility for a grant.

You can also submit an application in partnership with a business or organisation registered in the NT.

Registered businesses

If you're 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 auspicing body.

You can't apply if you have not previously acquitted funding with Study NT.

Businesses outside of the NT

If you're not registered in the NT, you can submit an application if the event or activity directly benefits international students living in the NT.

Events and activities can include:

  • employment skills initiatives
  • sporting activities
  • mental health awareness activities
  • volunteering and leadership programs and
  • community and multicultural events
  • travel costs associated with an event or activity - up to 50% of the total grant
  • fees for facilitators or consultants - up to 50% of the total grant
  • catering costs up to 25% of the total value of the grant.

Funding can't be used for the following:

  • organisations, community groups or individuals outside of the NT
  • 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 portable assets such as a mobile phone or laptop
  • commercial or business activities that make a profit
  • activities that commenced before the application is approved
  • administrative or running costs that are normal business activities
    • such as wages, rent, insurances, legal fees, auditing and finance costs
  • membership fees to professional organisations
  • costs for fundraising or charitable activities
  • buying alcohol
  • illegal activities
  • costs associated with preparing a Study NT international student wellbeing grant application
  • events or activities that are political
  • events or activities that are discriminatory.

Applications open on 11 April 2022. Apply online at GrantsNT.

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

Applications close at 11:59pm on 9 May 2022. Late applications or handwritten submissions will not be accepted.

Do not include ineligible activities. Your application will not be assessed.

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

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

Your eligibility is reviewed to confirm:

  • you don’t have outstanding acquittals or compliance issues with the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade, and
  • your application is complete and addresses grant objectives.

Exceptions are allowed where:

  • applicants are successful from round 1 of the 2022 program or
  • a variation or extension has been approved by Study NT for an activity or event from previous grant rounds.

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 Study NT 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 policy within five 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 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 4 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 Study NT 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 Study NT at or call 08 8999 7500.

Last updated: 21 June 2022

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