Living in Alice

Community Grants, Sponsorships and In-Kind Support

In-Kind Sup­port

In-Kind Sup­port is offered to eli­gi­ble events in place of mon­e­tary val­ue. Coun­cil deter­mines In-Kind Sup­port on a case by case basis. 

If you are inter­est­ed in apply­ing for In-Kind Sup­port please com­plete the online form. 

Sub­mit­ting appli­ca­tion does not guar­an­tee approval & all the assets are a sub­ject to availability.

To find out more about what is avail­able for in-kind sup­port, refer to page 11 of the ASTC Com­mu­ni­ty Sup­port Guidelines.

Please note: Appli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted four­teen (14) days in advance to be considered. 

Don’t meet guide­lines or have been declined for sup­port on this occa­sion? Check out the handy list of Local Busi­ness­es offer­ing Event Support.

In-Kind Support Online Application Form

Alice Springs Grant­Gu­ru- an easy way to look for funding

Alice Springs Town Coun­cil just made it eas­i­er to find grants for orga­ni­za­tions in our region. As of April 2024 we offer a free access to Grant­Gu­ru.

You can now find all fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties Aus­tralia-wide & glob­al, from gov­ern­ment, non- gov­ern­ment, fund­ing offers from phil­an­thropic groups and corporations. 

To take a full advan­tage of a grant find­er, vis­it Grant­Gu­ru and reg­is­ter your busi­ness or organization. 

Once reg­is­tered, to max­i­mize & tar­get search results, turn on noti­fi­ca­tions and set fil­ters most suit­able to your busi­ness profile.

Join­ing Grant­Gu­ru will increase a poten­tial of find­ing mon­ey for your projects and events and it is advised to search for grants week­ly so you can stay most-up-to-date. 

Alice Springs Grant Finder

Alice Springs Town Coun­cil Com­mu­ni­ty Grants & Event Spon­sor­ship Program

Coun­cil’s Com­mu­ni­ty Grants & Event Spon­sor­ship Pro­gram aims to sup­port com­mu­ni­ty ini­tia­tives and encour­age the ongo­ing social, cul­tur­al, recre­ation­al and envi­ron­men­tal devel­op­ment of Alice Springs. 

Coun­cil has stream­lined its Com­mu­ni­ty Grants and Event Spon­sor­ship Pro­gram process­es mean­ing there are now two oppor­tu­ni­ties to apply for Coun­cil fund­ing each finan­cial year. 

Eli­gi­ble orga­ni­za­tions are those oper­at­ing on a Not-For-Prof­it basis, or pro­vid­ing a project/​service for non-com­mer­cial gain, or pro­vid­ing a project/​service which adds val­ue to the broad­er com­mu­ni­ty of Alice Springs.

There are two cat­e­gories you can apply for: com­mu­ni­ty grants or event spon­sor­ship program.

Com­mu­ni­ty Grants Pro­gram is to sup­port activ­i­ties, projects and small events that enhance cul­tur­al, envi­ron­men­tal, recre­ation­al or social oppor­tu­ni­ty in Alice Springs. Fund­ing lev­el is a max­i­mum $5,000 exclu­sive of GST.

Event Spon­sor­ship Pro­gram to assist in devel­op­ment and stag­ing of events and com­mu­ni­ty projects in Alice Springs with two fund­ing lev­els- up to $10,000 or up to $15,000 exclu­sive of GST.

Appli­cants must meet all eli­gi­bil­i­ty cri­te­ria to be con­sid­ered for fur­ther assess­ment- for more details please refer to guide­lines.

Coun­cil reg­u­lar­ly receives more fund­ing appli­ca­tions than the avail­able bud­get can accom­mo­date hence the Com­mu­ni­ty Grants and Event Spon­sor­ship Pro­gram is com­pet­i­tive and suc­cess­ful appli­ca­tions are those that best sat­is­fy the assess­ment criteria.

Sub­mit­ting an appli­ca­tion does not guar­an­tee fund­ing. Late appli­ca­tions will not be honored.


FY 2024 – 25 Round 1: For activ­i­ties between 1 Jan­u­ary 2025 and 30 June 2025- OPEN­ING SOON

This Round has been updat­ed with new guide­lines avail­able and linked below. ASTC now offers fund­ing exclu­sive of GST.

  • Appli­ca­tions open 1 August 2024 9am
  • Appli­ca­tions close 1 Sep­tem­ber 2024 5pm
  • All appli­cants will be noti­fied of the out­come in October/​Novem­ber 2024


FY 2024 – 25 Round 2: For activ­i­ties between 1 July 2025 and 31 Decem­ber 2025

  • Appli­ca­tions open 1 Feb­ru­ary 2025 9am
  • Appli­ca­tions close 1 March 2025 5pm
  • All appli­cants will be noti­fied of the out­come in April/​May 2024



Coun­cil uses Smar­ty­Grants por­tal to roll out, receive and man­age appli­ca­tions. In order to sub­mit your appli­ca­tion you will be required to cre­ate an account. 

If you have pre­vi­ous­ly applied for ASTC fund­ing via Smar­ty­Grants, you do not have to reg­is­ter again, sim­ply just log in using your exist­ing account. 

Link to Smar­ty­Grants will be active only dur­ing the appli­ca­tion period.


Direct all your grants & spon­sor­ship enquiries to Grants and Social Pol­i­cy Officer:

phone: 08 8950 0500

email: astc@​astc.​gov.​au

ASTC Community Support Guidelines

1. Can I apply for fund­ing any time?

ASTC offers fund­ing rounds twice a year. Please refer to page 6 of Com­mu­ni­ty Sup­port Guidelines. 

2. Can I apply for the fund­ing on paper or via email?

No, ASTC pro­vides an online plat­form Smar­ty­Grants to man­age all appli­ca­tion hence why paper or email appli­ca­tions are not permitted.

3. I am a sole trad­er and did not find an aus­pice body, can I still apply?

No, you are not eli­gi­ble to apply if you are an unin­cor­po­rat­ed sole trad­er with­out an aus­pice body.

4. My organ­i­sa­tion is For-Prof­it and we are look­ing for indus­try grants, can we apply for ASTC grants program?

ASTC grants pro­gram sup­ports only Not-For-Prof­it orga­ni­za­tions. We encour­age you to explore Grant­Gu­ru where you can find fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for your type of business. 

5. What should I include in my appli­ca­tion budget?

All types of income that con­tribute to your project must be includ­ed in your appli­ca­tion bud­get, includ­ing inter­nal funds, any grants or spon­sor­ships, dona­tions, in-kind sup­port and vol­un­teer hours. 

6. I do not have a Pub­lic Lia­bil­i­ty Insur­ance yet, what should I do?

To be eli­gi­ble for fund­ing, in appli­ca­tion process you must pro­vide a cur­rent Pub­lic Lia­bil­i­ty Insur­ance Cer­tifi­cate or pro­vide a quote. Once your appli­ca­tion is approved, in order to receive funds you will need to pro­vide an actu­al & valid with­in your project dates Pub­lic Lia­bil­i­ty Insur­ance Certificate.

7. Once approved for fund­ing, do I need to con­tact ASTC with my col­lat­er­al and mar­ket­ing designs for an approval?

Yes, part of suc­cess­ful­ly acquit­ting your fund­ing is a proof of ASTC brand­ing expo­sure. You must obtain an approval from Mar­ket­ing Depart­ment on all col­lat­er­al and mar­ket­ing designs before you pro­duce it. ASTC logo and guide­lines will be pro­vid­ed to you upon sign­ing a fund­ing agree­ment. Decals of ASTC logo are per­mit­ted on any already exist­ing ban­ners. You also must add your event/​project to ASTC online com­mu­ni­ty calendar.

8. I was approved for fund­ing but I have some changes to my project, do I have to seek an approval from ASTC?

Yes, any changes to your project includ­ing budget/​expenditure 20% or more your approved appli­ca­tion bud­get must be approved by ASTC. This also applies to changes of event/​project dates and location.

Vari­a­tion Request Let­ter must be pro­vid­ed to ASTC for an approval via email to astc@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au as soon as a need aris­es. Lack of a vari­a­tion approval will result in your fund­ing not being ade­quate­ly acquit­ted and this will result in your organ­i­sa­tion not being eli­gi­ble for the next round of funding.

9. What if I did not spend all the grant/​sponsorship money?

In that case, you need to report this to ASTC in your acquit­tal and Coun­cil will issue an invoice and any unspent fund­ing mon­ey must be return to ASTC. All repaid mon­ey will be put back into grants bud­get for anoth­er round of funding. 

Com­mu­ni­ty Grants and Event Spon­sor­ship Infor­ma­tion Session

Council’s Com­mu­ni­ty Grants and Event Spon­sor­ship Infor­ma­tion Ses­sion will pro­vide an oppor­tu­ni­ty for com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to learn about the changes to Council’s Com­mu­ni­ty Sup­port & fund­ing pro­grams. This will help appli­cants under­stand the grant cat­e­gories and cov­er basic steps for applying. 

When: Tues­day 21 Jan­u­ary 2025

Arrivals4.40pm- 5.00pm

Ses­sion start: 5.15pm (60mins)

Where: Andy McNeil Room, Civic Cen­tre — 93 Todd Street, Alice Springs

Park­ing: ASTC staff carpark, entrance from Leichardt Terrace 

No pre- reg­is­tra­tions are required. Reg­is­tra­tions on arrival will be option­al. This way we can stay in touch and pro­vide you a debrief notes after the session.

Please arrive in a time­ly man­ner and be seat­ed by 5.10pm.

For enquiries, please call the Grants and Social Pol­i­cy Offi­cer on 08 8950 0500

    Suc­cess­ful appli­ca­tions for Com­mu­ni­ty Grants & Event Spon­sor­ship Pro­gram 2023 – 24

    Organisation Project Name Funding

    Volunteering SA & NT Incorporated

    National Volunteer Week (NVW) - Recognition


    Rotary Club of Alice Springs

    2024 Bang Tail Muster Parade


    The Y Northern Territory - Kilgariff Recreation Centre

    Play Forever


    Pickleball Alice Springs

    Pickleball Program


    NT Writers' Centre Inc

    2024 Writer in Residence Youth Program


    Alice Springs Running & Walking Club

    Improve capacity for event delivery


    Children's Theatre Program (auspice Red Hot Arts)

    Floopy's Fuzzled Feelings


    Alice Springs Beanie Festival

    2024 Beanie Festival


    Alice Springs Christian Ministers Association (auspice Desert Life Church)

    2023 Carols By the Candlelight


    Centralian Eisteddfod Council Incorporated

    2024 Centralian Eisteddfod


    Neighbourhood Watch NT

    Community Safety and Social Connectivity Events


    fabALICE Festival Inc.

    2024 fabAlice Festival


    Arid Lands Environmental Centre

    Movies That Matter


    Bring a Plate Dance Inclusive Dance/ auspice GUTS Dance

    Bring a Plate Dance


    Alice Springs Ministers Fellowship

    2024 Carols by the Candlelight


    Children's Ground

    Arts & Culture Program


    Barbara Kimber/ auspice RHACA

    Bush Christmas


    Yirara Collage

    Reconciliation Event


    Central Australian Art Society

    2024 Advocate Art Award


    Alice Springs Volunteer Bushfire Brigade

    Laptop Purchase


    Central Australia Aviation Museum

    13th Art and Literacy Program


    Rapid Ascent

    2024 Larapinta and Gravel Muster Stage Run


    Red Hot Arts Central Australia

    2024 Desert Festival