The Community Benefit Fund (CBF) Major Community Grants program was established to provide funding support for community development and improvement purposes.
The funds are derived from the CBF levy collected from the operation of electronic gaming machines in SKYCITY Casino, Lasseters Casino and licensed hotels.
Grants are available to non-profit Territory-based organisations to help them provide services that benefit the community.
The maximum grant available for each project is $200 000. The amount of funding for individual projects will be governed by budget availability and the relative merit of applications. There is no guarantee of ongoing funding.
Major Community Grants Rounds
Applications are accepted at all times and will go into the round with the next closing date. Round closing and notification dates are as follows.
- 31 August – applications close
- 30 November – notifications of results issued.
- 30 November – applications close
- 28 February – notifications of results issued.
- 28 February – applications close
- 31 May – notifications of results issued.
- 31 May – applications close
- 31 August – notifications of results issued.
Eligibility for grants
Applicants for CBF grants must be non-profit, Territory-based community organisations.
Organisations seeking funds must be incorporated or arrange for an incorporated body to act as a sponsor.
Funding will not be provided for:
- operational or core business activities
- commercial ventures, developments or outputs
- experimental or pilot programs, unless future funding is guaranteed
- projects that have already started prior to notification of the approved grant
- the key test for funding eligibility for an organisation will be that it is non-commercial in nature and provides a worthwhile contribution to community lifestyle and advancement in areas such as sport, recreation, arts, care or public amenity generally.
In most cases, an organisation applying for a grant will be an incorporated body.
If an organisation is not incorporated, the application must be sponsored by an incorporated body which is prepared to accept legal and financial responsibility for the grant. If you are unable to arrange a suitable sponsor, you may seek exemption from incorporation status by applying to the minister in the application process.
Each organisation or sponsor must be:
- incorporated under the Associations Act
- incorporated with non-profit objectives under Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth)
- incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 (Commonwealth)
- an organisation with non-profit objectives incorporated by any other Act of the Parliament, or
- an organisation approved by the minister as exempt from incorporation requirements.
Regional councils are eligible to apply.