Multicultural grants

Multicultural grants program

The multicultural grants program provides migrant and multicultural communities in the Northern Territory (NT) with funding for projects or activities that promote:

  • social inclusion
  • cohesion
  • multicultural diversity
  • linguistic diversity.


The guidelines have been updated for the 2021/22 program.

Before applying, you should read the multicultural grants program guidelines PDF (272.4 KB).


You can apply if you're an incorporated non-profit migrant or multicultural community group.

If you're not incorporated, you can apply if you have a written agreement with an incorporated organisation to administer the grant.

Individuals and private for-profit groups can't apply.

You can apply for funding of events or projects that:

  • encourage migrant and multicultural communities to expand their own and the NT’s social and cultural development
  • help the community’s knowledge and appreciation of different cultures
  • provide links throughout the NT population
  • foster opportunities for multicultural communities to maintain, develop and express their cultural and linguistic diversity
  • help the development of community support and building of capacity within multicultural organisations.

The event or project must be completed within 12 months of receiving the grant.

Funds for wages or salaries will only be provided where significant community benefit can be demonstrated.

What you can't apply for

You can't apply for funding for any of the following:

  • any activity of a political party nature
  • any activity of a commercial or business nature
  • any specific fundraising events
  • set-up or running costs of a business
  • purchase of capital equipment - including hardware or software
  • events, projects or initiatives based outside of the NT
  • retrospective funding for projects, functions, services, already started or completed, or items that have already been provided or previously purchased
  • projects by organisations established for profit or financial gain to members
  • activities of government agencies
  • projects that duplicate existing services available to the community
  • prizes or gifts
  • deficit budgets
  • real estate purchases
  • overseas trips
  • other items that the panel assess as not meeting the aims/objectives of the grants.

Two rounds of grants are advertised each year.

First round applications open in March for activities starting from July.

Second round grant applications open in September for activities starting from January next year.

For unplanned events or changing circumstances the Office of Multicultural Affairs will accept quick response applications for projects up to $2,000.

You must submit this application four to six weeks before the event.

You can apply for the grant on the GrantsNT website.

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

Your application must be submitted by 5pm on the closing date.

You will receive an email when your application has been received.

Who to contact for help

For help or to discuss a late application you should contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs by emailing

You application will be assessed by a panel of government representatives.

The panel will provide recommendations to the minister for consideration and decision.

The application will be assessed on the eligibility requirements listed above, as well as:

  • project innovation
  • identifiable community benefits
  • level of earned income and the level of support from other sources
  • its priority rating compared with other suitable applications
  • budget viability and financial management
  • past performance of the organisation in relation to meeting its aims and objectives.

You will be sent a letter about whether your application has been successful. All decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

Sign a funding agreement

You must sign a funding agreement which 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.

The proposed project must be completed within 12 months of receiving the grant.

Public information about the grant

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

Managing your funds and budget

You must carefully budget for your project.

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

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 delegated officer 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 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.

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 or promotional material.

You should use the NT government logo with the words 'Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government'.

Duty of care and insurance

You must 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.

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 that you must take include:

  • providing a safe environment 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.

If your event or project hasn't been completed within 12 months

If there are circumstances that prevent you completing your event within 12 months, you can apply for an extension.

You must submit your extension request at least three months before the end of the 12-month period.

When your event has finished, you must complete an Office of Multicultural Affairs acquittal form.

Office of Multicultural Affairs acquittal form PDF (904.0 KB)
Office of Multicultural Affairs acquittal form DOCX (52.9 KB)

You must submit this form to the Office of Multicultural Affairs within eight weeks of your event or project finishing.

Before new grants can be paid, previous grants must be acquitted.

Unspent funds

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

  • return these 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: 19 March 2021

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