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Overview - Grants & Sponsorship

Are you looking for support or sponsorship from Council but aren’t sure who to ask? We have several avenues through which it helps or partners with groups and organisations. Discover your options...

Community Grants, Sponsorships and operating subsidies are the main ways we provide direct funding.

In some circumstances we can provide in-kind support for community events. This can be really useful and a great way to tap into the knowledge and resources at your Council.

There are no secrets about who gets money and how much. It’s in Council Reports, Minutes and Plans. Current Sponsorship and Operating subsidies are in the 2019/2020 City of Darwin Municipal Plan on page 78, Appendix C - Sponsorships, Community Grants and Operating Subsidies 2019/20.

The next Rounds for Sponsorship, Community and Environment Grants will be:

  • Sponsorship - March 2020 - for events and projects happening between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.  
  • Community Grants - Applications open now until 21 October 2019 - for events and projects happening between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020.
  • Environment Grants - March 2020 - for events and projects happening between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.  

Which one could you apply for?

Community and Environment Grants

Community Grants assist projects or events which have broad community appeal and directly benefit or promote the city of Darwin. They are for incorporated, not-for-profit organisations. The program or event/s must take place in the Darwin municipality. Grants are not for individuals or sponsorship to attend conferences/events, prizes or award ceremonies. Community grants are capped at $10,000. Grants are not open to commercial activities (unlike sponsorship). A project can only be funded once through a community grant. 


A sponsorship is an arrangement whereby Council partners with an organisation that is putting on an event, program or Festival that fits Council’s goals but also provides additional benefits to Council such as advertising. Events and projects selected for sponsorship generally have a broad appeal across the community and attract a large number of participants and include activities that are free or low-cost and are accessible to the community. The program or event/s must take place in the Darwin municipality and travel outside Darwin is not supported. Sponsorships are for organisations, not individuals. Sponsorship may be over $10,000 (unlike community grants which are capped at $10,000). Sponsorships may be for 1,2 or 3 years and Council aims to develop partnerships over several years for ongoing events and festivals.

Operating Subsidy

Operating subsidies are quite different to grants. An operating subsidy is a payment by Government, on behalf of the community, to a commercial entity for the provision of a good or service that would otherwise not be supplied, or would only be supplied at higher prices, had the supply of the good or service been assessed by the entity on purely commercial grounds.

Last modified 
18 Sep 2019

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