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Community and Environment Grants

Our Community and Environment Grants Program supports community organisations carrying out projects and activities which  contribute to community and environmental outcomes. Projects funded will have broad community appeal and directly benefit and promote the city of Darwin.

Each year we allocate $100,000 for community projects, and an additional $50,000 for community-based environmental projects.

Grants generally vary in amounts up to $10,000 to ensure support to the greatest number of projects and organisations.

The 2020/2021 Community and Environment Grants Program will open 1 to 31 March 2020.

These grants are for projects operating between 1 July to 31 December 2020 for community grants and 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 for community based environment grants.

Before applying, we encourage you to read the frequently asked questions.

Who Can Apply

Funding is available for new projects and initiatives, not existing programs or operational costs.

  • Organisations must be an incorporated, not for profit community organisation. (If you are not incorporated it may be possible to ask another organisation to apply on your behalf or in partnership with you.)
  • Proposed activities must occur within the financial year in which it is funded*.
  • Activities must occur within the municipality of Darwin. View the Municipal map for boundary details.
  • Applications must be received by 5.00pm on the stated closing date.
  • The application must be submitted on the online application form via SmartyGrants. 

* Community grants are awarded for a 6 month period. Environment grants are for the financial year.

Who Can't Apply

Community and Environment Grants Program does not fund:

  • Applications for individual pursuits.
  • Applications for recurrent funds.
  • Requests for the ongoing core functions of an organisation such as insurance, administration costs and utilities.
  • Request for commercial or competitive activities.
  • Funding for capital funds or improvements on private property.
  • School based projects that do not involve the wider community.
  • Event or conference sponsorship, prizes or award ceremonies.
  • Projects that have already started.
  • Projects that have previously been funded through the Grants Program.
  • Applications where an applicant has not fully acquitted any previous City of Darwin grant.

Applying for a Community Grant

Contact the Community Development Officer if you have any questions about the Community Grants Program.

08 8930 0645

Forms and Guidelines

Guidelines - Community Grants Program

Frequently Asked Questions 

I’ve applied for a grant before. Can I apply again?

Yes. However, you should only apply for funding if it is for a new initiative.

Can my organisation submit more than one application?

Yes, but it’s likely that only one will be funded.

How much money is available?

There is $150,000 in the Community Grants pool, with two rounds of $50,000 for community-based grants each year, and one round of $50,000 for community-based environmental grants.

What’s the maximum I can apply for?

The maximum grant amount is $10,000, but you may not receive that full amount.

Can I apply again for funding for a project that has previously received funding?

Only if you are applying for a new initiative as part of that project. Organisations can’t be funded for exactly the same initiative more than once.

Can I apply again for funding for a project that has previously been unsuccessful?

Yes, but call for some advice first so that you know why it wasn’t successful the first time. Sometimes projects are not successful because there too many good applications to fund them all and a slightly stronger application succeeds.

My organisation hasn’t sent in the acquittal (final financial report) from our last project. Can we still apply?

To be eligible for a new grant, your organisation needs to have sent in the acquittal. Please speak to the Community Development Officer if you have any questions about this.

Can I get funding for general expenses for my organisation?

No, grant funding is for the expenses of a project, not organisational costs, like insurance cover for example.

Can I apply for money for wages?

Yes, but only the wages for the project, for example facilitator wages to run a workshop.

Can I apply for a grant as an individual?

No, these community grants are only available to not for profit organisations and groups.

When will I know if I have been successful?

All applicants will be notified by email within six weeks of applications closing.

​Do you accept hand written applications?

No. We have moved to a new system and to maintain the integrity of the data, all applications will need to be submitted through this system. 

What if I’m late with my application?

The system will not allow you to submit beyond the closing time and date. We cannot accept late submissions.

Can I get advice about what to apply for and what to write?

Yes, call the Community Development Officer on 08 8930 0645 or email

The guidelines say that projects should be sustainable. What does that mean?

This means that projects either need to start and end during the funding period or that there is a way they can continue after the funding has been spent.

1st Round 2019/2020 Community Grant Winners:

Community Grants Recipients

  • GIRLStime: Growing In Relationships, Laughter and Self
  • Malak Family Centre Inc. (Malak Family Centre Open Day)
  • Top End Rehoming Group Inc. (Animal Desexing Program)
  • Darwin Memorial Uniting Church, Uniting Church in Australia Northern Synod Property Trust NT (City Heart Playgroup)
  • Integrated disAbility Action Inc. (Peer Support Program)
  • Mission Australia (Café One)
  • Henbury on Aralia
  • Cancer Patients Foundation (Look Good, Feel Better)
  • National Trust NT (Heritage Festival 2020)
  • Tracey Bunn - Auspicing Body - Browns Mart Theatre (Venus Rising - A Festival of Women)

Total $48,951.79

Environment Grants Recipients

  • COOLmob, a project of the Environment Centre NT (COOLmob Sustainable Apartments Project)
  • Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (Darwin Harbour Clean-Up 2019)
  • Royal Australian Artillery Association (NT) Inc. (Landscaping of Gun Embankment)
  • Lakeside Drive Community Garden (Open Community Garden Day - Site Preparation)
  • Carolyn Macdonald, Auspiced by Brown’s Mart (High Tides at Casuarina Square)
  • Greening Australia (Whose Rat is That?)
  • Parap Primary School (Boomerang Bags)
  • Girl Guides NT Inc (Tress, Vegetable and Herb Gardens)
  • Parap Village Traders Associations (Bring your own, wash and reuse/ recycle)
  • Climate Action Darwin, Auspiced by Environment Centre NT (Darwin,  A Climate Awakening)
  • Australian Association for Environmental Education NT (Sustaining Urban & Peri-urban Endangered Reptiles – SUPER)

Total $43,943.10

Last modified 
03 Dec 2019

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