Australian High Commission has launched the Direct Aid Program (DAP) that provides financial assistance to small-scale development projects.

Deadline: 24-Jun-23

Australian High Commission has launched the Direct Aid Program (DAP) that provides financial assistance to eligible groups or organisations undertaking suitable small-scale development projects.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed through the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) overseas posts. The program aims to support projects with a strong development focus that complement Australia’s broader aid program which contributes to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. DAP projects should promote a distinctive and positive image of Australia.

Focus Areas
The Australian High Commission will fund projects in the following focus areas:Combating climate change and supporting the environmentCountering violent extremismSkills development (including sports) and economic empowermentSupport for vulnerable groups, notably women and girls, youth and people with disabilities.

Funding Information
The Australian High Commission will award DAP grants at a minimum of AUD 25,000 and a maximum of AUD 60,000.

Eligible Activities
DAP activities should primarily be aimed at achieving practical and tangible outcomes of high development impact. DAP is able to fund activities that have a direct, practical and immediate impact, including capacity building programs in the areas of governance and human rights engagement. They will favourably consider projects:in the areas of community and/or rural development, education, gender equality, disabilities, youth, human rights, the environment, small-scale infrastructure, economic empowerment and ad hoc humanitarian relief.

where applicants and their communities make a contribution in labour, materials, transport or cash;
sporting activities
that enhance educational and cultural exchanges and people-to-people links
that are achievable and have sustainable outcomes
projects that provide educational or occupational/skills training.

Eligibility Criteria
Projects must be located in one or more of the countries: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania or Uganda. Activities may run up to a maximum of two years.
DAP is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, community groups, NGOs and other entities engaged in development activities in countries that are eligible for official development assistance (ODA).

Ineligibility Criteria
They will generally not fund the following:
cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money
commercial ventures.

purchase ofmajor assets, eg vehicles
Australian or overseas study tours
International travel.

Sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit
staff salaries.

routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts, routine maintenance.


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