Northern Territory History Grants

The History Grants Program

The Northern Territory History Grants were established by the Northern Territory Government to commemorate the attainment of self-government on 1 July 1978.

The grants are administered by the Northern Territory Archives Service (NTAS). The Director of the NTAS is the Executive Officer of the History Grants program.

The aim of the Program

The aim of the grants program is to encourage and support original research about Northern Territory history.

Who can apply

Individuals, societies and community organisations, who are current residents of the Northern Territory are eligible to apply.

Territory, State and Federal government agencies are not eligible to apply. Employees of the Northern Territory Archives Service are not eligible to apply.

What can be funded

The grants are intended to assist with expenses incurred whilst carrying out research projects. Such expenses may include:

  • travel and accommodation
  • administrative/technical assistance
  • printing and publication
  • production of research guides based on selected topics
  • stationery and consumables
  • incidental research fee
  • copying charges

Preference will be given to applications covering topics which haven't been researched before or, if the topic has been researched before, the application must propose a new approach.

The following are examples of projects which have been funded in the past:

  • historical research for a radio program
  • historical research for a journal article
  • historical research for a published work
  • historical research for an unpublished or self published work
  • oral history interviewing
  • historical research for production of video/film
  • historical research for production of website

What cannot be funded

  • purchase of equipment and assets
  • cataloguing of collections
  • digitising or reproduction of collections
  • professional consulting fees
  • wages

How much funding is available

  • The total annual allocation for the grants program is $58 000.
  • Single grants may range up to $7 000.

Who assesses the applications

History Grant applications are assessed by the Northern Territory History Grants Committee. The Committee comprises three representatives from the Territory community who are conversant in the field of Northern Territory history. The Committee is appointed by the Minister for Arts and Museums who is responsible for the NTAS. The Committee recommends to the Minister the dispersal of funding as it deems appropriate.

Criteria for assessment

Applications for History Grants must address all criteria on the official application form. Key criteria considered in the assessment of applications will include:

  • demonstrated uniqueness of the project
  • provision of an achievable project plan
  • identification of funding requested (maximum $7 000) based on a realistic budget
  • proposal of how the result of the research will be disseminated
  • written references from two referees

Key Dates

November 2014
Grants are opened for application from Friday 28 November 2014. 

December 2014
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 24 December 2014. 

February 2015
The Committee will assess applications and applicants will be advised of the outcomes shortly after assessment.

Conditions of Grants

Terms of the grants.  Grant recipients are required to sign an agreement undertaking to abide by the conditions described below.  The NT History Grants Committee reserves the right to attach specific conditions to the expenditure of the Grant allocations.

Timing.  The project or part of the project so far as the commitment to the Grant is concerned is to be completed within nine (9) months of notification of the Grant unless agreed otherwise.

A Grant recipient is expected to report progress to the NT History Grants Committee four (4) months after receiving payment of the Grant.   Upon conclusion of the project a final report detailing the project and related expenditure must be presented to the NT History Grants Committee.

Termination/Suspension.   A Grant may be suspended or terminated before the approved completion date either at the request of the recipient or if, in the opinion of the NT History Grants Committee, performance is unsatisfactory or the conditions governing the Grant are not being observed. 

Acknowledgement/Copyright.   Any publications describing the work or containing the finished product of the work, the research for which has been supported wholly or partly by the Grant, must acknowledge the support of the Northern Territory Government and the Northern Territory History Grants program.  As part of the acquittals process, two (2) copies of the final product of the project must be deposited with the NT History Grants Committee, one for the Reference collection at the Northern Territory Archives Centre, and the other for the Northern Territory Library.

Payment of Grants

Payment of grants will take place after the successful Grant recipients have signed agreements undertaking to abide by the conditions described in Conditions of Grants above.

When returning signed agreements the successful recipients will need to provide financial details enabling the payment of their grant through the Department of Arts and Museums Grants Tracker system.

General information

  • Funds are not granted for retrospective research.
  • Recipients will be required to comply with all conditions of the Grant Agreement.
  • The NTAS reserves the right to withdraw approval for funding at any time if there is a change in circumstances in the nature of financial viability of the project.
  • If an applicant does not meet all requirements as set out in the Grant Agreement, monies paid may be recovered as a debt due.
  • Unexpended funds of the approved Grant amount may be required to be refunded to the NTAS.  
  • Recipients will be required to acknowledge the assistance provided by the NTAS.
  • Grant payments can only be processed on receipt of a signed Grant Agreement, an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Statement by Supplier if an organisation does not have an ABN, and a signed Recipient Created Tax Invoice Authority form (where applicable).
  • Funding in each year of the Grants program is subject to the appropriation of funds through the normal NT Government budget process.

Guidelines and Application Form

The 2014 Application and Guidelines form is available for information at the following link:    Guidelines and Application Form

Address and Contact Details

Postal address:
The Executive Officer, Northern Territory History Grants
Northern Territory Archives Service
GPO Box 874
Darwin NT 0801

Street addresses:
Northern Territory Archives Centre, Kelsey Cres, Millner, NT 0810
Minerals House, 58 Hartley, Alice Springs, NT 0870

Northern Territory Archives Service, Darwin (08) 8924 7660


(08) 8924 7677