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.


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

NT associations applying for grants must comply with the Associations Act.

Employees of the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture must have an approved conflict of interest declaration and management plan before applying. Other NT Government employees should refer to their own department’s policy requirements before applying.

Who can't apply

Territory, state and federal government agencies are not eligible to apply.

Previous recipients of NT history grants that have not been acquitted are not eligible to apply.

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  • historical research for an unpublished or self published work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 Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture website.

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.

To apply for a history grant follow these steps:

Step 1. Read the Northern Territory history grant guidelines and application information PDF (167.6 KB)

Step 2. Contact the Northern Territory Archives Service to discuss your application if required.

Step 3. Submit your application online using GrantsNT by close of business Friday 23 August 2019.

For further information

Northern Territory Archives Service 
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT 0810
Phone: 08 8924 7677

NT history grants are offered annually. Key dates for the 2019 grant are listed below.

July 2019

Grants are opened to the public on 26 July 2019.

August 2019

Closing date for applications is 23 August 2019.

September 2019

The committee will assess applications.

October 2019

Applicants will be advised of the outcomes.

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 your grant money you must do all of the following:

  • Follow the grant agreement.
  • Report in GrantsNT 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 acquit your grant in Grants NT and give two copies of the project outcome to the NT Archives Service.

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: 20 March 2020

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