Sponsorship is a commercial arrangement in which City of Darwin provides funding to a project or event in return for specified benefits. Priorities for this program are business projects or events that create value for the social, economic, cultural and environmental life of the Darwin
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 projects 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 the below guidelines and policy before applying.
The annual Sponsorship Program opens for applications in March for projects and events in the following financial 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).
2022/23 Sponsorship program
Our 2022/23 sponsorship program provides funding that directly benefits the Darwin, supporting projects or events, which contribute to the local economy and the quality of life for Darwin community in return for specified benefits.
Apply for Sponsorship
The annual sponsorship round is now closed.
The Out-of-Round Sponsorship is for event only. A event proposal may be considered outside the annual application process if there are extenuating circumstances that prevented submission through that process. These proposals will be assessed using the same criteria as used in the annual online application process.
The proposal may be considered for funding:
- Using available sponsorship contingency funding
- By consideration and decision of Council
Out-of-round sponsorship proposals of less than $10,000 value (including cash and in-kind contributions) may be approved by the CEO in liaison with the Lord Mayor (subject to funding availability)
For all sponsorships in excess of a total value of $10,000 value (including cash and in-kind contributions) a report will be prepared for review by Council.
If you would like more information or assistance with applying for sponsorship please contact Council.
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone 8930 0300 ( Manager International Business Relations)
In addition to sponsorship, we offer a Community Grants Program. This program is aimed at assisting community organisations with the development of activities and services to benefit a broad cross-section of the community.
What is the difference between City of Darwin Grant and Sponsorship Programs?
Sponsorship differs from Grants Programs or donations. Grants and sponsorship programs both benefit the community and help the Council meet the goals in the Strategic Plan Darwin 2030: City for People. City of Colour. There are some key differences between the programs. Make sure you are applying for the appropriate program. Check in with Council if you need further clarification.
Read the City of Darwin Funding Guidelines 2021/24 for an overview
- Not for profit vs commercial
Grants focus support on not-for profit organisations. So if you are a commercial organisation you will not be eligible for a grant but you may be eligible for sponsorship.
- Ongoing support vs one-off funding
Grants are for one-off support for a particular project. Projects that have previously been funded through the Grants Program are ineligible for further grant funding. Sponsorships are different. Sponsorship agreements are for 1, 2 or 3 years. A focus of the sponsorship program is to build relationships with organisations. For example, iconic events and festivals may have ongoing support over many years.
- Amount of funding available
Grants must be $10,000 or under. Sponsorships can be from $10,000 to $150,000. The current Sponsorship program shows the range of events and projects being sponsored and the amounts funded. All the details are in the Sponsorship Guidelines. The total amount available for sponsorship requests in 2022/2023 is $200,000.
- Expectations of return on investment
Sponsorships must offer return on investment in the form of sponsor benefits. Grant recipients should acknowledge council support but not to the same level of ‘return on investment’.
- Iconic events vs niche projects
The events and projects in the Sponsorship program generally attract large numbers of participants and/or create local economic benefit. Projects with a more delineated audience may be appropriate for a community grant.