To view the Northern Territory Government COVID-19 financial report, go to the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation website.

Not-for-profit / community organisations

A $5 million Immediate Work Grants program will help stimulate the economy and keep Territorians in jobs.

It’s part of the Territory Government’s Jobs Rescue and Recovery plan in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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

The first $50,000 will be paid as a grant without you needing to co-contribute.

The NT Government will also match any renovation costs that exceed $50,000 on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to a maximum total of $100,000.

Applications are now closed as the value of applications received has exceeded the funding limit for this program.

Physical distancing

You must practise physical distancing during the planning and delivery of your renovation works.

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 (COVID-19) website.

Who can apply

You can apply if you are a not-for-profit or community organisation operating in the NT in either owned or leased premises.

Each organisation can:

  • apply once for the program and
  • be able to complete up to two jobs under the one application.

Who can't apply

Schools and local government bodies are not eligible to apply.

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 renovations, improvements, repairs and maintenance services.

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

The works must demonstrate value for money consistent with the eligible organisation 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.

TV and audio-visual equipment are not eligible.

Works that are excluded

Excluded works include:

  • security improvement works as defined under the Biz Secure and Alcohol Secure programs
  • buying solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or installing solar panels - eg 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 start after an application has been approved by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

No new applications are being accepted.

Application processing

Applications are assessed in the order they are received.

For further enquiries please email the relevant email address and we will respond within two business days.

After you apply

All work must be completed within six months of the date of issue of the voucher, or 30 April 2021 - whichever is sooner.


For more information, contact the Business Recovery team.