Remote Aboriginal Governance & Capacity Building Grant Program

If you are an Aboriginal community controlled organisation or corporation that provides services to remote Aboriginal communities across the Northern Territory, you may be eligible to apply for a Governance and Capacity Building Grant.

The Remote Aboriginal Governance and Capacity Building Grant is a flexible program aimed to support community controlled organisations and groups in remote areas to strengthen and improve effective governance and their capacity and capabilities to enable them to participate and deliver community-led initiatives, programs governance, leadership, operational processes and services to meet their community aspirations.

Funding is available for projects that will benefit remote Aboriginal people by:

  • Improve governance structures (including legal status and management of governance arrangements);
  • Build leadership, negotiation and governance / board member skills and expertise;
  • Improve operational rigour (including financial accountability, project management, HR and procurement expertise);
  • Support community organisations in transitioning to local providers.

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

  • your organisation or submitted project must be based in a remote area. Remote means outside Greater Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs and is inclusive of town camps and homelands.
  • your organisation must be registered and have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • your organisation must be an Aboriginal enterprise, organisation or partnership, or a not-for-profit organisation.

You cannot apply if you are an individual or government agency, local government, body or enterprise.

Two types of grants are available:

  • Grants up to $20,000
    For small projects with a total value of less than $20,000. Grant funding will be up to 100 per cent of your eligible project costs.
  • Grants up to $50,000
    For projects with a total value of more than $20,000. Grant funding will be up to 75 per cent of your eligible project costs to a maximum of $50,000.

You can apply from 28 September until 8 November 2020.

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

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 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.

Step 1. Review the Remote Aboriginal Governance and Capacity Building Grant Program guidelines.

Guidelines PDF (761.1 KB)

Step 2. Register for and account and create a profile at

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

Step 4. Submit your application before 8 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

Grant program

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Last updated: 23 September 2020

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