Multicultural grants

Multicultural community facilities grant

Migrant and multicultural community organisations can apply for funding to help renovate or upgrade their facilities. 

This funding aims to promote multicultural diversity in the Northern Territory (NT). 

Applications for this grants program open 1 April and close 30 April each year. 

Before you apply

Before you apply for a multicultural community facilities grant you should discuss your project with the Office of Multicultural Affairs on (08) 8999 3894.

Who can apply

You must be an incorporated, non-profit or charitable organisation.

Funding is not granted to individuals, community groups that are not migrant or multiculturally based, private for-profit groups, commercial or business ventures or for real estate purchases.

What you can apply for

You can apply for funding to upgrade or renovate facilities that:

  • host a range of multicultural events
  • are meeting places that encourage development, expression and promotion of multicultural diversity
  • are available for anyone to use regardless of their cultural and linguistic background.

Your project must:

  • have identifiable outcomes and project objectives
  • be consistent with the grant's aims
  • be part of a comprehensive plan to address your organisation's needs
  • not have commercially-oriented objectives. 

Applying for multiple grants

There is no limit to how many grants you can apply for in a single round.

If you apply for funding for more than one project at a time, you should prioritise the projects in order of importance.

What to include in your application

You need to submit a copy of all of the following documents with your application:

  • certificate of incorporation
  • evidence of not-for-profit or charitable status
  • current audited financial statements
  • plan and preliminary design for the proposed project
  • evidence of public liability and building insurance
  • evidence of acquittal of previous grants from the NT government
  • detailed costing for the project.

You must also submit the following: 

  • evidence that the premises will be used to promote and host multicultural events including the range of activities and the expected level of use
  • evidence of your ability to manage the funds and the project effectively
  • details of how the organisation will contribute to the project through funding and in-kind support
  • location of the land including the block number
  • evidence that you can maintain the improvements in good condition 
  • evidence that you can fund ongoing costs.

How to apply

To apply for a Multicultural Community Facilities grant follow these steps:

Step 1. Read the multicultural community facilities grant guidelines (165.4 kb).

Step 2. Fill in the multicultural community facilities grant application form.

Multicultural community facilities grant application form (74.2 kb)
Multicultural community facilities grant application form (207.7 kb)

Step 2. Submit the application and supporting documents in person or by mail, email or fax using the following contact details:

Office of Multicultural Affairs
Territory Families
PO Box 37037
Winnellie NT 0821

Level 6 Darwin Plaza
41 Smith St Mall
Darwin NT 0801
multiculturalaffairs.dcm@nt.gov.au
Fax: (08) 8999 3889 

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

Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

You will be sent a letter when your application has been received by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

How your application is assessed

Your application is assessed on how the project helps your organisation renovate or upgrade a facility. 

It will also be assessed on:

  • technical advice given by the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment about design, planning, construction and reasonable costs to maintain and operate the facility
  • your ability to maintain the upgrade
  • community benefits
  • community support
  • past performance of your organisation to meets its aims and objectives. 

If your application is successful

You will receive a letter telling you if your application has been successful.

All decisions are final. There is no appeal process.

Sign an agreement form

You will have to sign an agreement form which outlines the purpose of the funding and the conditions you have to follow.

This agreement form will be sent to you.

Insurance

You must have and keep in place a public liability and building insurance policy with a recognised insurance provider.

You must also make sure that any contractors engaged to work on the project are appropriately insured.

Promoting the NT Government 

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

This includes all media releases or promotional material, using the phrase 'proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government'.

Managing your funds and budget

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will not be held responsible if you underestimate the cost of the upgrade and you lose money.

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

If the delegated officer decides that a grant has not been used for the approved purpose, or the conditions of funding have not been met, then your organisation must repay the funds to the government.

The government retains the right to vary, cancel or waive any of the conditions and requirements of a grant.

If you want to change the purpose of your grant

If you want to change the purpose of 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.

When upgrades or renovations are finished

When your project is finished, you must fill in and submit a multicultural community facilities grant financial acquittal form (60.4 kb).

You need to account for all of the funds provided for the upgrade or renovation and give a written report on the outcome of the project.

You must also provide:

  • an audited financial statement prepared by an independent auditor
  • a copy of the permit to occupy certified by a qualified building certifier - if applicable
  • a detailed income and expenditure statement.

Unspent funds

If you have funds left over after your renovations or upgrade you must:

  • return these to the Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • or apply to change the purpose of your grant to spend the funds on something else at your facility.

Ongoing interest in the property by the NT Government

Under NT law, the government may have an ongoing interest in the property.

If the grant awarded is more than $25,000 your organisation must acknowledge that the property will be classified as Prescribed Property under the Associations Act. Read the law.

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Last updated: 29 September 2017