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're 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
  • costs associated with printing and publication such as editing and design costs
  • stationery and consumables
  • incidental research fees
  • copying charges
  • interview fees.

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
    • a journal article
    • a published work
    • an unpublished or self-published work
    • production of a video/film or theatrical play
    • production of a website
  • oral history interviewing.

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 or reproduction of collections
  • professional consulting fees such as historical consultancy fees to undertake research
  • costs associated with work that has already been done
  • wages.

To apply for a history grant, follow these steps:

Step 1. Read the NT history grants guidelines and application information PDF (247.6 KB)

Step 2. Contact the Library and Archives NT to discuss your application if required.

Step 3. Submit your application online using GrantsNT by 2pm Tuesday 11 August 2020.

NT history grants are offered annually. Key dates for the 2020 grant are as follows:

  • 13 July 2020: grant round open
  • 11 August 2020: applications close at 2pm
  • September 2020: assessment of applications
  • October 2020: applicants notified of assessment outcome.

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.
  • Contact Library and Archives NT if there are any variations to your project once it has commenced.
  • Complete your project within 12 months after you get the grant.
  • Acknowledge the support of the NT Government and the NT history grants program if the result of your research is made public.
  • When your project is finished you must acquit your grant in GrantsNT and give two copies of the project outcome to Library and Archives NT.

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.

More information

Library and Archives NT

Phone: 08 8924 7677

Last updated: 13 July 2020

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