Sport Voucher Scheme for Schools (NT)

Sport Voucher Scheme for Schools (NT)

Grants - Open grants, NT Grants

This grant is ongoing into 2021 until funds are exhausted.

Grant Overview:

This program aims to provide access to sport, recreation and cultural activities for children in remote areas of the Northern Territory (NT).

The two sport voucher models available are:
1. Urban

  • Available to every school-enrolled child from preschool to year 12 and home-schooled children.
  • Children living in an urban area will automatically receive two $100 sport vouchers each year from their school. One in January and one in July, for sport, recreation and cultural activities. The scheme operates on a financial year basis and vouchers will expire on the 31st of May each year.
  • Urban areas are designated as Alice Springs, Greater Darwin (Darwin, Palmerston and Darwin Rural), Nhulunbuy, Katherine (including Mataranka), and Tennant Creek.
  • Applications for the 2020-21 round of sport vouchers are open.

2. Remote

  • Administered based community activity preferences provided to regional Councils. Communities determine the sport, active recreation and cultural activities/programs to be delivered for their children. The department engages registered remote Activity Providers to deliver programs.
  • Annual funding of $200 is allocated to every child enrolled in school to fund activities in remote communities.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include activity providers (organisation or individual provider) that offer a sport, active recreation or cultural activity. They must meet the following criteria:

  • Eligible under the policy definitions.
  • Hold current public liability insurance for not less than $10 million for any single event.
  • Compliant with Licensing NT, Department of Attorney-General and Justice and/or other relevant authorities.
  • Based in and operating from the Northern Territory.
  • Compliant with the Northern Territory 2011 Care and Protection of Children Act (including relevant staff and volunteers delivering under the scheme obtaining a valid Working with Children Clearance where required).
  • Activities are structured so that value for money and costings are reasonable.

Please refer to the Scheme Policy for the complete eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include:
1. Urban

  • Offsetting the cost of active participation in structured after-school, weekend and school holiday sport. Active recreation and cultural activities including programs, lessons, classes and workshops.
  • Registration/membership fees.
  • Insurance fees.
  • A child must be registered in an eligible activity to use their voucher for value-add items.
  • Part of the voucher, or the entire value of the voucher, can be used to purchase value add items. This can only be done if the child has paid registration, insurance and membership fees in full. Value add items must be purchased directly from the registered activity provider. Examples of such value add items are:
    a) Compulsory team or activity uniform/clothing, drink bottle, costume for performances, sport and active recreation equipment, instruments, instructional books, music scores and scripts.
    b) Value-add items must be purchased directly from the registered activity provider.

2. Remote

  • Costs associated with children actively participating in structured sport, active recreation, cultural activities or programs including uniforms/costumes that are essential, will be left in the care of the community for the continuation of the program.
  • Funding can be combined to run joint community activities for the region to create efficiencies.
  • Funding can be used to assist with costs of transporting children/students where community activities are combined within the Regional Council’s area.
  • Programs must be provided outside of school hours (before school, after school, weekends and school holidays). Additional program activities can be run within school hours in agreement with the school to maximise the value of the scheme.


The following are ineligible for funding:
1. Urban

  • Activities that occur during school hours or are part of the school curriculum, including school sports.
  • Out of school hours care services and tutors for the education curriculum.
  • Activities that are directly administered by a school or school council, including collection of Sport Vouchers on behalf of a registered activity provider.
  • Travel to and from competitions, programs and activities.
  • Interstate and intrastate representation.
  • Purchase of value-add items where the student is not registered in the related activity.
  • Purchase of equipment or uniforms direct from a retailer and not in conjunction with the activity.
  • Purchasing food and drinks.
  • Payments to activity providers that are not registered with the scheme.
  • Split payment of vouchers to multiple activity providers.
  • A cash refund for all or part of the value of the voucher.

2. Remote

  • Programs considered part of the school curriculum.
  • Equipment (e.g. promotional paraphernalia, individual equipment pieces, etc. that does not add value to sustained opportunities to participate in sport, active recreation and cultural initiatives in the community).
  • Programs considered to be religious/faith based instruction or including religious/faith based instruction.
  • School Sport NT activities.
  • Accommodation and food/drink expenses for participants.
  • Activities that do not support the Northern Territory School Attendance Strategy.

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