The Direct Aid Program
What is the Direct Aid Program?
The Direct Aid Program is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible groups or organisations undertaking suitable small-scale development projects. Our areas of focus for this round are the rights and empowerment of women and girls, disability inclusion and COVID-19 response and recovery. Activities may run up to a maximum of two years. In certain cases, consideration may be given to contributions to disaster relief operations. Guidelines to the Direct Aid Program can be found on the following website: http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/direct-aid-program/Pages/direct-aid-program.aspx.
It is imperative that projects have defined and realistic objectives and clear outcomes. DAP grants are awarded to a maximum of AUD 60,000 (approximately USD 42,296 at time of publishing). Projects must be self-sustaining and recurrent/ongoing costs will not be supported (e.g. salaries/rental/utility costs, micro credit schemes or any other project that involves return of money, etc.). Projects that demonstrate a high level of local contribution (financially and/or in kind) are encouraged.
How do you apply for the Direct Aid Program?
We have an online form for applications for the 2020-21 financial year accessible at: https://dap.smartygrants.com.au/Nairobi2020
The FY 2020-21 applications round will open on 30 September 2020 7am and close on 21 October 2020 10pm (East Africa Time).
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
Note if your application is missing required information it will be considered incomplete and will not proceed to shortlisting. 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 the availability of funds under the Direct Aid Program. 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 Australian Government.
The applicant should undertake to 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.
A Note on the Shortlisting Process
The Australian High Commissioner 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 to fund. We will notify both successful and unsuccessful applicants with the outcome of their application.
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. The DAP Committee makes funding decisions based on a range of factors and does not have the funds available to fund every good project.
For further information please email: [email protected]