The Geophysics and Drilling Collaborations (GDC) program is funded by the Resourcing the Territory initiative and aims to increase the intensity of exploration drilling and geophysics in under explored areas of the Northern Territory.
The Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS) administers the GDC program which awards approximately $1 million in exploration grants annually, to be shared between the successful applicants. A record $1.7 million in grants have been committed in 2021/22.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for co-funding for drilling and geophysical acquisition projects where the outcomes are expected to improve geological knowledge and mineralisation targeting within a region, particularly at depth.
For further information about the GDC program including guidelines, go to GrantsNT.
The GDC program provides co-funding assistance for half of the eligible direct program costs capped at:
All amounts specified throughout are inclusive of GST.
Projects that seek to use innovative exploration tools or to obtain geological information at depth are encouraged to apply. Applications that use integrated or new technologies that test a clear, targeted geological problem may be considered for smaller prospect-scale programs.
RC drilling will be considered in pure greenfields areas where evidence can be provided that no other drilling has been conducted in the area and a completely untested geological model is being investigated. Applicants are competitively assessed by an expert panel against specific assessment criteria.
Information gained from the successful projects will become open file and released to the public six months after the completion of field work to encourage further exploration.
The Territory Supplier Incentive offers an additional $10,000 of co-funding per project to engage Northern Territory (NT) enterprises to complete works in the NT.
To find out more about the GDC program, please read the GDC guidelines available for download in 'supporting documents' from GrantsNT.
Please note: Closing date has been changed from Monday 3 May 5pm to Tuesday 4 May 5pm. The previous date will still be listed in round 14 guidelines.
Round 14 eligibility criteria has been expanded to include:
Revisions to round 14 guidelines and eligibility criteria have been made in direct response to the Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission recommendations and the continuing COVID-19 situation.
For further information on the eligibility criteria and project specific assessment criteria, please read the GDC guidelines available for download in 'supporting documents' from GrantsNT.
* NTGS define a regional survey covering an area of approximately 500km2 or more, or a traverse of 25km or more length.
|22 February 2021||Applications open for round 14 through GrantsNT.|
|4 May 2021||Applications for round 14 close through GrantsNT.|
|May / June 2021||Assessment panel meet and applicants notified of funding outcome.|
|June / July 2021||Funding agreements negotiated and signed with successful applicants.|
|1 December 2021||Fieldwork to be complete.|
|30 June 2022||Funding agreement ends.|