Industry Investment

The Northern Territory Government's comprehensive sport and active recreation investment program is the cornerstone of its community development activities, aimed at building the capacity of organisations within the industry.

The Department of Sport and Recreation invests in a number of programs to support the development of sport, active recreation and local government organisations to assist in the delivery of services and programs within the community.

All application based programs can be applied for through the Department's Grants-Tracker system. Guidelines for each program type are available below.

To ensure your application as the best chance of succeeding, please ensure you read the guidelines thoroughly before applying for any program.

Investment categories:

Grass Roots Development Investment Program

The Grass Roots Development Investment Program allows sport and active recreation clubs to apply for up to $3,000 for projects designed to;

  • Provide opportunities to participate in sport and active recreation; and 
  • Strengthen the capability of sport and active recreation clubs to deliver services and programs that make for a more active Territory.

Round One of the Grass Roots Development Investment program is CLOSED.

Notifications to successful applicants will be made in September/October. Round Two of the Grass Roots Investment Program will open Monday 2 February 2015.

Please refer to the Program Guidelines (pdf) for more information.

How to apply for the Grass Roots Development Investment Program (pdf)

Facility and Capital Equipment Investment Program

The Facility and Capital Equipment Program allows organisations (including clubs, groups, peak sporting bodies, active recreation organisations, service deliverers, shire and municipal councils) to apply for funding to help improve their capacity to provide affordable and accessible sport and recreation opportunities through development of their facilities.

2014-15 Facilities and Capital Equipment will open for applications 25 July 2014 and close 15 September 2014.

Program Guidelines (PDF 2.1Mb) 

Peak Sporting Body Grants

The Peak Sporting Body Program allows peak Territory sporting bodies to receive funding to assist with increasing their capacity to develop and deliver sport. Funding for Peak Sporting Bodies is by negotiation. Please contact Sports Services for further information on 1800 045 678 or email

Active Recreation Organisation

Northern Territory Recreation Organisations can apply for funding for active recreation programs that provide pathways to sport.

The Active Recreation Program will be reviewed in 2013/14. Due to the review being undertaken there will be no formal application process for the 2013/14 Active Recreation program. Only organisations who received funding through the Active Recreation program in 2012/2013 will be eligible for funding in the 2013-14 financial year

For further information please contact the Department of Sport and Recreation on 1800 045 678 or email

Active Remote Communities Program Organisation

Active Remote Communities Program provide assistance to remote communities to deliver sport and recreation activities to members of remote communities throughout the Territory. The grants are directly negotiated through Local Government Shires. Please contact the Department of Sport and Recreation for further information on 1800 045 678 or email

Quick Response Program

The Quick Response Program provides assistance for organisations to quickly attend to unforeseeable expenses and maximise opportunities that need immediate funding. It also assists individual Territorians and teams in their endeavours to achieve nationally and internationally both on the field and off.

Applications are open until 31 May 2014 or until program funds are fully expended Program Guidelines (PDF)

Past recipientsThe full list of previous recipients of Grants and Programs will be made available shortly.

Other funding opportunities

In addition to the Territory Government's programs there are many other sources of funding available to organisations. Some of these are listed below.

Opportunity Details
Aboriginal Benefit Account ABA grants are awarded to projects which help improve the lives of Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory. Funds can be used to support initiatives that promote economic development, small business, land and sea management, community enhancement, education and leadership.
Australian Sports Commission The ASC provides grants in a number of areas including women, leadership, representative, Indigenous and volunteers.
Australian Sports Foundation The ASF operates the Sport Incentive Program which aims to increase opportunities for Australians to participate in sport and/or excel in sport performance.
Community Benefit Fund The Northern Territory Department of Business' grant program includes vehicles, small grants and major community grants.
Computers for the community The Northern Territory Department of Treasury - Shared Services assists community organisations and supports publicly-spirited activities in the Northern Territory through the donation of surplus working computing equipment.
Grants Link The link is the Federal Government portal listing all government grants available.
Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation was created to inspire girls and women across Australia to dream and achieve.
Our Community Subscribe to a monthly newsletter with a comprehensive listing of grant opportunities.
Sportscover Sponsorship Fund The Sponsorship Fund is an avenue to sponsor a wide variety of amateur sports men and women striving to achieve sporting greatness across a broad cross-section of sports.
Volunteer Grants The Federal Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) helps support volunteers by providing funding for volunteer-based organisations.
Youth NT Youth NT provides funding for innovative events, programs and projects that engage young Territorians.