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Sponsorship can be a great way for you and your organisation to work with Council in a mutually beneficial way.

Sponsorship is when Council has an arrangement with an organisation or individual to support new or existing programs services, facilities or events which contribute to the quality of life for the Darwin community in return for specified benefits.

Sponsorship differs from Grants Programs or donations.

Sponsorships must fit the goals of Council (as outlined in the City of Darwin Strategic Plan) and the benefits to City of Darwin must be clear and demonstrable.

Sponsorship is not:

  • A donation or grant
  • An endorsement of any product, service or cause
  • Part of normal assistance programs of City of Darwin
  • Generally applicable to those programs or events eligible for consideration under the Grants Program
  • Advertising, or any part of an advertising package
  • Philanthropic as a sponsor expects to receive a reciprocal benefit beyond a modest acknowledgement

We do not generally sponsor conferences, seminars, functions, individuals, record attempts or fundraisers unless they are directly related to our corporate objectives or local government.

If you think sponsorship is for you – please read through this policy before applying.

City of Darwin Policy no. 065 - Sponsorship Policy

The aim with Sponsorship is to have agreements that last for 1-3 years. There is provision for one-off sponsorship. (On occasion, where there are extenuating circumstances, sponsorship proposals may be considered  outside the annual Council process to allow for sponsorship for events in the current financial year.)

Sponsorships are reviewed when the agreements expire.

The annual Sponsorship Program opens for applications in March for events and projects in the following finanical year. A report on the assessment of sponsorship proposals goes to Council in April-May each year and Council decides which Sponsorships will be supported for the following financial year/s (subject to the Council budget decision in May/June).

Apply for Sponsorship

Applications for both grants and sponsorships are through the online SmartyGrants system.

Apply now for Sponsorship for 2019/2020

The application period for the 2019/2020 financial year will be open 1 March 2019 and close 5pm Monday 1 April 2019.

If you would like more information or assistance with applying for sponsorship please contact Council.

There will be a public workshop 11.00am - 12.30 pm Tuesday 12 March  2019.

Please register your interest through or by phone 89 300 645.

For more information on sponsorship by City of Darwin please contact Council

Grants Program

In addition to sponsorship, we offer a Community and Environment Grants Program. This program are aimed at assisting community organisations with the development of activities and services to benefit a broad cross-section of the community.

Find out more about Community Grants.

Last modified 
11 Mar 2019

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