Arts and Culture COVID-19 Interruption Support Program

If you are a Northern Territory (NT) artist or arts worker, sole trade or organisation, you may be eligible for funding through the COVID-19 Interruption Support Program.

The program supports workers who have lost money from cancelled arts and cultural activities due to COVID-19 after 21 September 2021.

This includes live performances, theatre productions and live music gigs.

Who can apply

You can apply if you:

NT Government agencies and associated entities, local government bodies and education institutions are not eligible to apply.


You must be:

  • a practicing artist, arts worker or cultural practitioner
  • an Australian citizen or have permanent residence status
  • over 18 years
  • a current NT resident.


If you are not incorporated, you must identify an individual in the group to be legally and financially responsible for the grant.

The responsible individual must meet the above criteria for individuals.


Your main place of business must be registered in the NT.

You must:

  • be a not-for-profit legal entity
  • produce art or
  • operate in supporting the arts.

What you can apply for

Funding is limited to one application per applicant.

You can include multiple event claims.

For NT artists, arts workers and arts organisations, you can get up to:

  • $2,000 per application if you are an individual
  • $6,000 per application if you are an organisation.

What funding can be used for

Funding is for fees or income lost from cancelled work including:

  • presentations
  • tours
  • residencies
  • workshops
  • collaborations
  • travel
  • venue hire
  • equipment and material costs
  • freight
  • accommodation
  • labour
  • other fees.

What you can't get funding for

  • Lost income because you, your workers or contractors were not vaccinated.
  • Activities that were rescheduled and took place at a later date.
  • Fees and expenses reimbursed by any other means including other NT Government grants.
  • Activities that were only in consideration, not planned, scheduled and promoted.
  • Accredited training, or educational activities which are curricular activities in educational institutions.
  • Activities that are exclusive responsibility of other funding bodies or government agencies.
  • Arts projects or activities that don't have a clearly defined arts outcome.
  • Screen-based projects aimed at the cinema, film festivals or TV, media, advertising and gaming.

You also can't have any outstanding grant acquittal reports with any NT Government agency.

How to apply

Follow the below process.

Step 1. Read the guidelines.

COVID-19 Interruption Support Grants Program Guidelines PDF (754.8 KB)
COVID-19 Interruption Support Grants Program Guidelines DOCX (189.6 KB)

Step 2. Apply online at GrantsNT.

Applications close at 2pm on Tuesday 31 May 2022, or earlier if funding is exhausted.

If you need help with your application, contact ArtsNT before submitting. Incomplete applications won't be accepted.


For help or more information, contact Arts NT.

Last updated: 10 May 2022

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