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Each year we allocate $100,000 for community projects. Grants generally vary in amounts up to $10,000 to ensure support to the greatest number of projects and organisations.
There are two rounds of grants a year.
The next round will be for activities happening from 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023. Applications will open on 1 March and close at 3.00 pm 31 March. Applications are submitted online through SmartyGrants and a link will be supplied on this page when grants open.
The purpose of the Community Grants Program supports community organisations carrying out one off, capacity building projects, activities or events in the Darwin municipality.
City of Darwin Community Grant priorities are:
- Projects that contribute to active reconciliation, refer to https://www.darwin.nt.gov.au/council/governance-strategy/strategic-and-municipal-planning/strategic-plan/reconciliation-action ;
- Partnerships between community groups; and
- Active engagement and leadership by underrepresented populations from culturally or linguistically diverse communities.
For further information on the Community Grants Program, please refer to the City of Darwin Funding Guidelines.
To talk to the Community Development Officer about your grant application call 8930 0560 or email email@example.com
Who Can Apply
- Funding is available for new projects and initiatives, not existing programs or operational costs.
- Organisations must be incorporated or be auspiced* by an incorporated organisation for the purposes of this application;
- Proposed activities must occur within the timeframe specified for each funding round; and
- Activities must occur within the Darwin municipality.
*Auspice – if you are unincorporated or an individual you will need the support of an incorporated organisation to act as a sponsor, to be an intermediary for financial purposes. If required, please contact us for support in connecting you with a suitable organisation.
- 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 0560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- Past Grant Recipients
Round 2 Community Grants Program 2022/2023
- Top End Women's Legal Service Inc. (Be Different-Be Together Inclusive Program)
- Northern Territory Multiple Births Club (Celebration for Multiple Birth Awareness Week)
- Northern Territory Working Women's Centre Incorporated (Hidden Heroes Family Day)
- Arafura Wind Ensemble Incorporated (Celebrating 30 years of community music making)
- Arts Access Darwin, Darwin Community Arts (Tidal Reflections - a public art project by the Free Space Studio)
- Vietnamese Community in Australia - NT Chapter (Tet Festival 2023 Celebration - Vietnamese Lunar New Year)
- St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc. (St John NT Event Health Services Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Upgrade Project)
- Darwin Men's Shed (Fridge Upgrade / Meal Preparation)
- Nicole Brown Auspiced by Miyartiwi Dreaming Ltd (Indigenous Activation 2023)
Round 1 Community Grants Program 2022/2023
- CAAPS Aboriginal Corporation (Darrandirra Yarning)
- Variety the Children's Charity Northern Territory (30th Anniversary Bash Free Family Fun @Mindil)
- Northern Territory Momineen Inc. (Interfaith Eid Family Fun Day)
- Amazing XR (Amazing VR E-Sports)
- Darwin Skills Development Shceme Inc. (Artist with Sustainable Future)
- Darwin Community Arts (Through Our Eyes)
Round 2 Community Grants Program 2021/2022 Recipients:
- Two Two One Mental Health Charity (GO! Nights Cultural Connection)
- Darwin Men's Shed (Safer Machinery for Members)
- Melaleuca Australia (Kushona Collective-Men Sewing and Sharing)
- Hindu Society of NT (Hindu Food Festival)
- Tangan (Tangan Building a Collective)
- Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (Nitestreet 2022)
Round 1 Community Grants Program 2021/2022 Recipients:
- Children's Integrated Management Services Ltd (Kitchen Garden Project)
- Fannie Bay History and Heritage Society (History Mystery Tours - excursions into Darwin's past)
- Chinese Community of Northern Australia Incorporated (Mid-Autumn Festival 2021)
- MJD Foundation Ltd (MJD Foundation - NAIDOC Week Event)
- Queensland Ballet (Queensland Ballet Community Regional Tour)
- Tennis NT (Community Tennis Celebration Day: International Day of Persons With Disabilities)
- The Scout Association of Australia Northern Territory Branch (1st Darwin Sea Scout Group) (2021 Aquafest - Scouts NT)
- Football Northern Territory (New Flexible Women’s Football Programs)
- Clubhouse Territory Inc. (Be-Inclusive Games Program (BIG) – 2021/22 - The Clubhouse Project – Community Hub supported by Clubhouse Territory and partners of the ‘Clubhouse Project’
- NT Writers’ Centre Inc. (Graphic Novel Workshops for Darwin youth with Indigenous comic book artist Jonathon Saunders)
- Environment Centre NT (Create from Waste Workshop Series)
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