Celebrating Aboriginal Culture (Australia Day) Grant Program

Since 2017, the NT Government is committed to evolving Australia Day to ensure it meaningfully acknowledges, recognises and celebrates Aboriginal culture and Aboriginal people’s contribution to our Northern Territory identity

“Australia Day should be about unity, not division, and for the health and harmony of our nation, Australia Day must evolve”

Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, Jabiru 26 August 2017

The Northern Territory is leading the way in supporting a mix of traditional, new and different ways that Aboriginal people and community want to celebrate and commemorate Aboriginal Territorian way and style.

The Celebrating Aboriginal Culture (Australia Day) Grantaims to provide funding to Aboriginal Territorians and in particular remote communities to recognise and support how Aboriginal people want to celebrate and commemorate culture, language, history and achievements.

The grant supports the Northern Territory in how we celebrate Australia Day, aiming to strike a balance between commemorating and respectfully celebrating Australia Day that is inclusive of Aboriginal Territorians.


To provide funding which contributes to celebrating Aboriginal culture, language history and achievements as part of the Northern Territory’s Australia Day celebrations, aiming to strike a balance between commemoration and a respectful celebration of Australia Day.

To be eligible for a grant, you must satisfy all of the following:

  • Northern Territory based Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Northern Territory based Aboriginal Organisations
  • Northern Territory businesses
  • Northern Territory sports and social/leisure clubs

Individuals can apply however, must be able to demonstrate a link/support structure with an organisation in the Northern Territory and meet all criteria and acquittal requirements. Organisations/individuals can only apply for one grant through this program.

All applicants must have a registered ABN.

A grant of up to $5000 to promote and manage an event/project/activity that celebrates and/or recognises Aboriginal culture, language history and achievements as part of Australia Day celebrations in 2020.

The event/activity and or project that you are applying for funding towards must be completed during the period 20 January - 28 February 2020.

Grants may be used to cover the following:

  • venue hire and equipment costs
  • resourcing costs
  • cost to promote the event/activity/project
  • catering costs (excludes alcohol)
  • other activity costs if outlined in application

When to apply

You can apply now until 15 November 2019.

To apply for any grants in the Northern Territory, you will need to create an account and profile on the GrantsNT website at grantsnt.nt.gov.au

Applications will only be accepted if received online through the GrantsNT website.

If you do not have an account or an appropriate profile, refer to the help page on grantsnt.nt.gov.au for further information.  

The online application is designed to provide detailed information for the consideration and comparison of applications. All required information in GrantsNT must be completed and appropriate documents attached before an application can be considered.

To apply for one of the grants follow these steps.

You will receive confirmation in writing that your application has been received.

Office of Aboriginal Affairs
Aboriginal Affairs Strategic Partnerships

Phone: (08) 8951 5183
Email: oaa@nt.gov.au

Download a copy of the grant flyer (715.9 kb)

Last updated: 11 October 2019


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