Multicultural grants

Harmony grants program

Grants of up to $1,000 are available to organisations in the Northern Territory (NT) for projects, events and activities that promote cultural diversity or harmony.

This includes funding to participate in the Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree and the Big Day Out in Harmony at Alice Springs.

If you want to apply for funding assistance to participate in the Harmony Soiree, make sure you fill in the Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree application form below.

Competition for grants is strong and there are usually more applications than funds available.

Find out more about multicultural events in the NT.


You can apply for funding if you are one of the following:

  • an incorporated multicultural community group
  • a school
  • a private not-for-profit group
  • a local government council.

If you are unincorporated, you can apply if you supply:

  • an agreement with an incorporated organisation to administer the harmony grant
  • a letter from that organisation agreeing to administer the funds
  • a copy of the incorporated organisation's certificate of incorporation.

You can't apply if you are an individual, a private for-profit group or a non-Territory based organisation.

Organisations that have not met previous acquittal requirements under the harmony grants program cannot apply for funding.

You can apply for funding for projects, events and activities that promote cultural diversity or harmony.

You cannot apply for funding for any of the following:

  • prizes
  • goods already purchased
  • commercial or business ventures
  • overseas travel
  • most equipment for example, computers.

Applications open on 1 October and close 31 October 2018.

To apply for a harmony grant follow these steps.

Step 1. Read the Harmony grants guidelines

Harmony grants guidelines (102.7 kb)
Harmony grants guidelines (173.8 kb)

Step 2. Fill in one of these forms

If you are a community group:

Community group application (173.2 kb)
Community group application (94.4 kb)

If you are a school:

School application(170.7 kb)
School application(95.2 kb)

If you are applying for funding to participate in the Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree:

Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree application (173.9 kb)
Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree application (105.7 kb)

Step 3. Submit your application and documents in person, by mail or email

In person

Office of Multicultural Affairs
Level 6
Darwin Plaza
41 Smith Street Mall
Darwin 0800

By mail

Office of Multicultural Affairs
PO Box 37037
Winnellie NT 0820

Your application must be received by 5pm on the closing date. Late applications are not accepted.

You will find out by email when your application has been received.

Your application will be assessed on how well your project shares and celebrates the NT's cultural diversity.

It will also be assessed:

  • on the benefits to the community
  • against other suitable applications.

Your application will be evaluated by an assessment panel. The panel will make recommendations to the minister for consideration and a decision.

You will receive a letter to tell you if your application has been successful or unsuccessful.

All decisions are final. There is no appeal process.

If your application is successful, you must sign a funding agreement that outlines the purpose of the grant and the conditions you must follow.

Your funding agreement will be sent to you.

Funds will not be provided until after the Office of Multicultural Affairs has received your signed funding agreement and a tax invoice. Any outstanding acquittals must be submitted before the grant can be paid.

Public information about the grant

The government will release the details of the project and funding to the public. Read the privacy statement.

Promoting the NT government during your event

You must prominently promote that the NT government has funded your event. This includes all media releases or promotional material.

You must contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs to receive a 'proudly sponsored by' logo to use in your promotional material.

The logo may only be reproduced in the format provided and must be presented on all materials associated with the funded activity in equal size and prominence to your organisation's logo.

Managing your funds and budget

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will not be held responsible if you underestimate the cost of activities related to the project and you lose money.

You can only spend your funds according to the requirements in the funding agreement.

If a grant has not been used for the approved purpose, or the conditions of funding have not been met, your organisation must repay the funds.

If you want to change the purpose of your grant

If you want to change what you are spending the grant on, you must write to the Office of Multicultural Affairs to ask for permission.

Your letter must provide reasons for the change and a budget for the amended purpose.

Funds can only be used for a new purpose after the Office of Multicultural Affairs has sent you written approval for your request.

Duty of care and insurance

You may need to have public liability insurance with a recognised insurance provider that covers the activity of the grant.

You must send a copy of your public liability insurance policy within 14 days if the government asks you to do so.

When your event has finished you must fill in an acquittal of grant funds form.

Acquittal of grant funds (168.4 kb)
Acquittal of grant funds (78.4 kb)

You must submit it to the Office of Multicultural Affairs within eight weeks of your event or project finishing. All previous grants must be acquitted before new grants can be paid.

Your acquittal must include both of the following:

  • an income and expenditure statement for the project
  • a written report detailing the results of the project or activity, including the extent to which the project's objectives were achieved and any issues that affected the project.

Unspent funds

If you have funds left over after your event you must do one of the following:

  • return leftover funds to the Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • apply to change the purpose of your grant so you can spend it on something else
  • apply to change the funding period of your grant so you can spend it on the same project at a later date.

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Last updated: 01 February 2019


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