Supporting jobs and the economy

Immediate Work Grant

A new $10 million Immediate Work Grants program is available to incorporated not-for-profit and community organisation applicants who missed out on the first round will have the chance to reapply or re-enliven their original application.

The program is part of the Northern Territory (NT) Government’s job-saving stimulus measures designed to keep business open, cash flowing and Territorians working.

Grants of up to $100,000 will be given to Territory not-for-profit and community organisations to engage local businesses to do repairs, renovations and upgrades to their premises (permanent physical improvements to land and / or buildings).

The first $50,000 will be paid as a grant with no co-contribution required. The NT Government will also match any renovation costs that exceed $50,000 on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to a maximum of $100,000 total.

Two vouchers can be issued per organisation as long as the total amount issued is not higher than the maximum grant allowed.

Once all available funding has been committed ($10 million), any further applications received will be held on a waiting list. Those applicants will be contacted in the event that further funding becomes available.

Physical distancing

Staff from both the contractor and the not-for-profit organisation are required to practice social distancing during the planning and delivery of the improvement works.

Organisations that support vulnerable people will also need to identify additional health and safety measures.

If either you or the service provider are unwell, in self-isolation or self-quarantine, stay in touch by phone until it is safe to meet in person.

Your voucher and registration can be cancelled at any time if you fail to follow the safety guidelines. You may also be referred to the police.

For more information on staying safe, go to the Coronavirus website.

Who can apply

You can apply if you are an incorporated not-for-profit or community organisation operating in the NT and located in either an owned or leased premises and did not receive a grant in the first round.

All works must be completed by a local business. This means they must be a Territory enterprise that meets all of the following:

  • is a legal entity and holds a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) as of the date the program is open
  • is operating in the NT in either owned or leased premises
  • has a significant permanent presence in the NT
  • employs NT residents (this can be you if you are a sole trader).

Who can't apply

Schools and local government bodies are not eligible to apply.

Recipients of a grant under the Jobs Rescue and Recovery Plan Immediate Work Grants are ineligible to apply to this program.

Read the full eligibility criteria in the grant terms and conditions.

What you can use the grant for

You can use the grant to carry out physical renovations, improvements, repairs and maintenance services to your premises.

This only applies if the services permanently improve the structure, fittings or fixtures, or the general condition of your premises.

The works must demonstrate value for money consistent with the eligible organisations or other purposes beneficial to the community.

Quotes need to show the breakdown of goods and materials, and other costs, including labour. At least 25% of the value of a contract must be for labour.

You must not use a grant with any other voucher or benefit granted under any other program (whether an Australian Government or NT Government program) to pay for the same works.

Jobs up to $100,000

For jobs up to $100,000, you can use up to 50% of the value of each grant towards goods and materials used as part of an upgrade, improvements, repairs and maintenance.

Jobs more than $100,000

For jobs worth more than $100,000, you can use up to 75% of the value of each grant towards goods and materials.

For the purposes of this grant program, goods and materials are those that stay in / are affixed to the property permanently (‘fixtures’).

Works that are excluded

Excluded works include:

  • security improvement works as defined under the Biz Secure and Alcohol Secure programs (subject to these program’s eligibility criteria)
  • buying / installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or installing solar panels, for example, rooftop solar, and any related solar works, including batteries
  • works that are to be carried out by the grant recipients on a ‘do-it-yourself’ basis or
  • works carried out by a business related to the grant recipient.

When work can start

Eligible works can only start after an application has been approved by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

After you apply

Eligible works must be completed within six calendar months of the date of issue of the voucher.

All approved works must be completed by 30 September 2021 and vouchers submitted for payment by 30 November 2021.


For more information, contact the Business Recovery team.