Home renovation grant
If you buy an established property as your first home, you may be able to get financial help to renovate or improve it.
You can get up to $10,000 under the home renovation grant if you bought your first home after 1 September 2016.
Applications for the home renovation grants close at 5pm on 30 November 2020.
You can only apply for the home renovation grant if you are a first time buyer of an established home.
Owner-builders or do-it-yourself renovators can't apply.
To apply for the grant, follow these steps:
Step 1. Get a quote from local businesses for the renovations or improvements you would like done.
Step 2. Apply online at the Smartygrants website.
Step 3. Once you have been approved, contact your contractor to carry out the works.
Works must not start until your application has been approved.
Sample quote and invoice
When you apply for the grant, the quotes and invoices you submit must meet the terms and conditions.
Below are templates you can use for this purpose.
If your application is successful, you will be emailed one or more vouchers to pay for the renovations.
You must use a local business to renovate or improve your home.
A local business is a business that meets all of the following:
- operates in the Northern Territory (NT)
- has a permanent base in the NT
- employs NT people.
If the local business doing the renovations wants to employ sub-contractors, they must also be local businesses.
You can use the grant with up to five different businesses if they meet these conditions.
How to use the vouchers
You can use a voucher with each business you want to deal with up to a total combined value of $10,000.
The minimum value for each voucher is $500.
There is no cap on the total value of the renovation or improvements that you want to do. However, the total value of the home renovation grant is limited to $10,000.
Use some of the grant to pay for household goods
You can use up to $2,000 of the $10,000 renovation grant to buy household goods.
Once you have been approved for the grant, you can either:
- get payment upfront to buy the goods and provide receipts after
- pay for the goods yourself and get reimbursed.
You can redeem a home renovation grant voucher given to your business at the Smartygrants website.
For detailed instructions on how to cash in a voucher, read clause 3.4 of the home renovation terms and conditions.
Last updated: 20 May 2019