Apply for an NT history grant

Northern Territory (NT) history grants provide up to $7,000 to support original research about NT history and broaden community access and engagement with resources.

Who can apply

You can apply if you are a resident of the NT and an individual, a society or a community organisation.

Who can't apply

Territory, State and Australian Government agencies, and employees of the NT Archives Service, can't apply. 

What can be funded

Preference will be given to applications covering topics which have not been researched before.

If your topic has been researched before, your application must have a new approach.

Funds may be used for research project costs including:

  • travel and accommodation
  • printing and publication
  • production of research guides based on selected topics
  • stationery and consumables
  • research fees
  • copying charges.

Examples of funded projects

All of the following are examples of projects which have been funded in the past:

  • historical research for a radio program
  • historical research for a journal article
  • historical research for a published work
  • historical research for an unpublished or self published work
  • oral history interviewing
  • historical research for production of video or film
  • historical research for production of website.

To read a list of previous recipients of NT history grants go to the Northern Territory Archives Service pages on the Department of Arts and Museums website.

What can't be funded

All of the following can't be funded by this grant:

  • purchase of equipment and assets
  • cataloguing of collections
  • digitising for duplication of whole collections
  • professional consulting fees
  • interview fees or gift payments for interview participation
  • wages
  • costs relating to research that has already been done by the applicant.

How to apply

To apply for a history grant follow these steps:

Step 1. Read and fill in the NT history grant guideline and application form.

Step 2. Include all of the following information and supporting documents: 

  • demonstrated uniqueness of the project
  • project plan 
  • amount of funding requested up to $7,000
  • how the outcome of the research will be shared
  • two signed written references
  • proof of NT residency.

Step 3. Submit your application and documents by email, fax, mail, or in person in Darwin or Alice Springs:

The Executive Officer, NT History Grants
NT Archives Service
PO Box 1347
Nightcliff NT 0814
Phone: (08) 8924 7677
Fax: (08) 8924 7660


Northern Territory Archives Centre
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT 0810

Alice Springs 

Minerals House
58 Hartley Street
Alice Springs NT 0870

Key dates

NT history grants are offered annually. Key dates for the 2016 grant are:

  • applications open Friday 7 October 2016
  • applications close Friday 4 November 2016
  • applicants will be advised of the outcomes in December 2016.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful you will get an agreement in the mail. Before you can get your grant money you must follow these steps:

Step 1. Sign the agreement.

Step 2. Fill in a vendor creation/amendment form with your personal and bank details.

Include your Australian Business Number (ABN).

If your organisation does not have an ABN, you will need to fill in a statement by a supplier form. For more information and to get the form go to the Australian Government's Australian Taxation Office website.

Step 3. Mail the completed forms to the return address shown in your agreement.

After you get paid

After you get your grant money you must do all of the following: 

  • follow the grant agreement
  • report on your progress within five months after you get the grant
  • complete your project within 12 months after you get the grant
  • acknowledge the support of the NT Government and the Northern Territory History Grants program if the result of your research is made public.
  • when your project is finished you must write a report and give two copies of the project outcome to the NT Archives Service.

Terminated or suspended grants

Your grant may be terminated or suspended if: 

  • you request it
  • your performance is unsatisfactory
  • you do not meet the requirements of the grant agreement.

You must return any money you did not spend if your grant is terminated or suspended.

Last updated: 27 June 2017