Sport and active recreation grants for facilities and equipment

You can apply for grants up to $100,000 toward your organisation's facilities and equipment once a financial year. 

This is called the Facility and Capital Equipment Program.

The program aims to: 

  • increase participation opportunities
  • create facilities which are safe and environmentally friendly
  • create multipurpose facilities. 

Funding conditions

Your organisation must meet all of these conditions to apply for this grant: 

  • contribute 20% of the total cost of your project in cash or in-kind donations 
  • your contribution should be linked to planning, reserves and other fundraising
  • you can apply for up to $100,000 once in a financial year
  • your project must cost a minimum of $10,000. 

Priority projects

Projects will be funded on levels of priority as assessed by the department. 

Your project should be associated with the following to increase your chance of being approved for funding:

  • growing participation, for example, by upgrading playing surfaces or lights
  • addressing safety and security issues
  • improvements or reducing maintenance costs
  • planning for ongoing maintenance and management. 

When you can apply

Applications open 1 July and close 26 September 2016.

If you submit your application by 31 August the department can provide feedback.

You may include the feedback in your application and re-submit it by the closing date.


You should read the guidelines before you apply for a Facility and Capital Equipment Program grant.

Facility and Capital Equipment Program guidelines 2016-17 (2.7 mb)
Facility and Capital Equipment Program guidelines 2016-17 (22.6 mb)

Who can apply

The program is available for organisations.  

You should read before you apply for a sport and active recreation grant to see if your organisation can apply for this grant.  

Municipal councils

Your municipal councils can apply for this grant provided the application includes all of the following: 

  • a sporting facility master plan
  • an asset management plan covering all existing sporting facilities
  • total annual expenditure on assets.

Sport and active recreation organisations

Sport and active recreation organisations based at school grounds must have all of the following to apply: 

  • a tenure at a school of five years or more
  • a community use of school facilities agreement
  • permission from the school to undertake the project.

Sport and active recreation organisations with a tenure of five years or more on Northern Territory Government land can apply. 

Your application must not include any of the following: 

  • facilities owned by government
  • facilities maintained by government.

Who can't apply

You can't apply if you are any of the following:

  • an individual 
  • a profit organisation
  • a school or education institution
  • a political or religious organisation
  • an NT or federal government department
  • an organisation that is not recognised as a sport or active recreation club
  • a receiver of funding from this program within the current financial year
  • a parents and citizens or parents and friends association
  • receiving peak sporting body, active recreation organisation or
    active remote community investment funding
  • not affiliated with national bodies or the NT peak sporting body
  • outside of the NT
  • an organisation with outstanding acquittals for government grants.

What you can apply for

You can apply for funding for all of the following: 

  • new or upgrades to facilities
  • upgrades that increase the function of a facility
  • upgrades that ensure minimum safety standards
  • projects that increase community access. 

What you can't apply for

You can't apply for projects that:

  • don't have a landowner's permission
  • receive ongoing funding from the government
  • are not ready to begin or are missing funding sources
  • don't add value
  • have ongoing operational costs such as electricity, water or other utilities
  • have gaming machines or licensed areas
  • have project management fees where the project is on council or educational institution land
  • require the replacement of like-for-like surfaces
  • involve any of the following activities:
    • arts
    • hobbies
    • craft
    • music
    • historical re-enactments
    • pets
    • livestock
    • wildlife.

Before you apply

You must contact NT Sport and Recreation to discuss the requirements of your application before you apply. 

For more information read before you apply for a sport and active recreation grant

How to apply

Read how to apply for a sport or active recreation grant online.

After you apply

Only applications that are complete and submitted by the closing date can be assessed.

Your application will be assessed twice.

You will be notified of the result of your application by mail in November 2016. 

If you need further feedback on your application, contact NT Sport and Recreation

When your grant is paid

You must provide the following in order for your grant to be paid: 

  • a signed agreement 
  • a statement by supplier form if your organisation does not have an ABN - go to the Australian Taxation Office website for more information
  • a completed new vendor form if applicable 
  • bank account details.

Acknowledge the grant

You must publicly acknowledge your grant in all media releases and promotional activity.

For information about how to do this, and to get copies of the correct logos to use, go to How to acknowledge sports grant funding.


If your organisation is GST registered then the actual total is subject to GST. All of the
following will apply:

  • the total will be grossed up by 10%
  • it is the organisation’s responsibility to ensure that the GST component is
    remitted to the Australian Taxation Office
  • a recipient created tax invoice showing the grossed up
    amount and forwarded to the organisation once the funds have been
  • if the organisation is not registered for GST it is not required to pay
    GST and will not receive a grossing up provision
  • the organisation must advise NT Sport and Recreation of any changes to the ABN or GST registration

Last updated: 17 November 2016