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) Grant aims 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 one 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.

Read guidelines PDF (659.1 KB)

A grant of up to $5,000 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 2021.

The event/activity and or project that you are applying for funding towards must be completed during the period 20 January - 28 February 2021.

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.

Read guidelines PDF (659.1 KB)

You can apply now until 1 November 2020.

To apply for any Northern Territory Government grants, 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 the grant follow these steps:

Step 1. Review the Celebrating Aboriginal Culture (Australia Day) Grant Program guidelines PDF (647.1 KB).

Step 2. Register for and account and create an organisation or individual profile at grantsnt.nt.gov.au

Step 3. Fill in the online application form and attach any required documents.

Step 4. Submit your application before 1 November 2020.

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

Office of Aboriginal Affairs
Aboriginal Affairs Strategic Partnerships

Phone: (08) 8951 5183

Last updated: 09 September 2020

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