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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 2018/2019 City of Darwin Municipal Plan on page 54.

The current round of grant and sponsorship programs is now are open.  Applications for the 2019/2020 financial year opened on Friday 1 March 2019 and closes 5.00pm Monday 1 April 2019.

  • Community and Environment Grants 2019/2020
  • Sponsorship 2019/2020

Apply now for grants and sponsorship online

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. 


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. 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.

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 
04 Mar 2019

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