The Direct Aid Program
What is it?
The Direct Aid Program is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible groups or organisations undertaking suitable small scale development projects. Projects can be in any sector (e.g. community health, education, small scale infrastructure, sanitation, rural development, environmental development, gender equality, conferences and training activities, and cultural and sporting activities) but must aim to alleviate basic humanitarian hardships, have a developmental outcome and be implemented within a relatively short period of time. In certain cases, consideration may be given to contributions to disaster relief operations.
Some key considerations:
- DAP projects must have defined and realistic objectives and clear outcomes
- DAP grants are awarded to a maximum of AUD 60,000 (USD 47,640). However, applicants are encouraged to apply for funding in the range of AUD 5,000 (USD 3,970) to AUD 30,000 (USD 23,820)
- projects must be self-sustaining
- recurrent/ongoing costs - such as salaries/rental/utility costs, micro credit schemes - will not be supported.
Interested? Check out the guidelines to see if your organisation might be eligible.
How do I apply?
We have an online form for applications for the 2017-18 financial year accessible at: https://dap.smartygrants.com.au/DAPRound2017-18.
The application form requires applicants to include the following information:
- background on the group/organisation requesting assistance
- a description of the project and its objectives
- an accurate financial breakdown of costs involved (invoices must be attached to substantiate costings)
- A Risk Management strategy that (if relevant) includes assessment of risks to children
- timeframe for implementing the project
- copy of organisation’s registration certificate
The FY 2017-18 application round closed on 30 September 2017. This will be the only round advertised this financial year.
What happens next?
The Australian High Commission appoints a DAP Committee to undertake a shortlisting and final selection process. For every DAP round hundreds of applications are usually received and the committee can only select a small percentage.
You will only be notified if your project is successful. Due to the high number of applications the committee is unable to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants. Please note that being unsuccessful does not necessarily mean your application was not of a high quality.
Final decisions on funding of projects will depend on various factors, including the cost of an individual project, its merits in comparison to other requests for assistance, and of course, the availability of funds under the Direct Aid Program. The DAP Committee does not have the funds available to fund every good project. The Committee may also decide not to fund an organisation that has received funds from a recent DAP round and provide an opportunity for another organisation instead.
Approved projects will be subject to stringent monitoring, including financial acquittal which should be complete and fully accounted on the date as agreed in the grant agreement letter. Any funds not expended by that date must be returned to the High Commission.
The applicant is expected to also keep the community in the project area informed that the funding was provided by the Australian Government and, where possible, some form of permanent reminder should be created, identifying Australian Government support for the project.
For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.