NT Arts Grants Program guidelines

The Northern Territory Arts Grants Program offers various grants for artists, groups and organisations for projects that explore, develop and profile arts and culture in the Northern Territory (NT).

Who can apply

Individuals, groups and organisations can apply.

If you are a NT Government agency, education institution or hospital you must partner with an arts organisation or eligible applicant to apply for funding.


To apply for funding you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or have permanent residence status
  • be over 18 and currently living in the NT.


If you are not a registered group you must nominate an individual in the group to be legally and financially responsible for the grant.

This person must meet the criteria for individuals.


To apply for funding you must:

  • be registered and not-for-profit
  • have your main place of business in the NT.

If you are applying for over $10,000 you will need to have an administering body to take on the legal and financial responsibility of the grant.

Grant programs may have additional requirements. You should check the grants program information for any specific requirements for applicants.

What can't be funded

You can't get funding for:

  • applicants or administering bodies with outstanding acquittal reports
  • insolvent applicants
  • activities that have already started or been completed before applying
  • the entire cost of an activity
  • fundraising, charitable events or the prizes for competitions or awards
  • film or screen activities
  • capital equipment or real estate purchases
  • for profit business activities
  • restoration or conservation of cultural material
  • research or studio work for academic assessment and undergraduate, diploma and postgraduate studies
  • accredited training
  • education-based activities which are curricular activities in educational institutions
  • multiple applications from one applicant per project round.

Before you apply

Before submitting your application you should do the following:

Supporting documents

You should include any relevant, high quality documents to support your application.

Documents can include the following:

  • CVs or biographies for all key artists and organisers
  • participation form for all key participants (other than applicant) or email confirming the commitment of key participants
  • up to three support letters or emails
  • one video or audio recording no more than 10 minutes
  • one publishing item such as excerpts from a play, book or short story
  • two media reviews or marketing and promotional examples
  • up to 10 images with a maximum file size of 10MB per image.


How to apply

To apply for a NT Arts Grant go to Grants Tracker .

How your application is assessed

Your application will be assessed on the following criteria regarding how your project:

  • meets grant objectives
  • shows artistic merit
  • benefits the applicant, their arts practice, the NT community and regions
  • demonstrates the capacity and skills of the applicant and key participants
  • understands and follows appropriate protocols for working with Aboriginal artists or cultural content.

Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

After you apply

After your application is assessed you will be notified of the outcome. Grants decisions are not subject to appeal.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • a letter of offer
  • a funding agreement outlining the conditions of funding
  • a fact sheet outlining funding acknowledgement requirements
  • a fact sheet outlining self-acquittal where applicable
  • a request for your payment details.

You and your administering body where applicable must sign your funding agreement and return to Arts NT before your grant can be paid.

You should not start your activities until the funding agreement is signed by Arts NT, the applicant and the administering body.

How to acquit your work

You will need to acquit your grant unless you receive funding from the Quick Response Scheme or the Professional Development Fund.

Acquitting your grant means to account for the funding provided.

This is done by acquittal reports when your project is finished including:

  • an artistic and statistical report
  • a signed income and expenditure statement or
  • an audited financial statement if you received over $25,000
  • a report on any special conditions outlined in your funding agreement.

Your reports must be submitted online using Grants-Tracker.

How to acknowledge funding

If you receive funding you must acknowledge this support in all publicity and promotional material by using the NT Government logo or by using the phrase:

Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.


To find out more contact Arts NT.

Last updated: 08 May 2019


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