Direct Aid Program for NGOs, CSOs and Community-Based Organisations
Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Direct Aid Program (DAP) to fund projects that advance development and/or human rights objectives.
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 diplomatic missions. The program aims to support projects with a strong development and human rights focus that complement Australia’s broader aid priorities, and which contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. DAP projects should promote a distinctive and positive image of Australia.
DAP activities should achieve direct, practical, tangible, and immediate high-impact development outcomes for beneficiary communities. Priority thematic areas for the 2023-24 DAP year include:
gender equality, empowerment of women and social inclusion,
poverty alleviation and rural development,
environmental protection and climate change,
human rights and governance,
water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
There is no minimum amount that a single DAP project can receive but the maximum is AUD60,000 (approximately USD 40,000 – amount changes according to the exchange rate) over the life of the project.
Activities may run up to a maximum of two years.
Who can apply?
The DAP is available on a not-for-profit basis to international and local NGOs, civil society organisations and other community-based organisations engaging in development and human rights activities in the Embassy’s countries of accreditation: The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, the Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money
commercial ventures or private for-profit business activities
purchase of major assets, e.g., vehicles or land
Australian or overseas study tours
sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit