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Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Bangkok Direct Aid Program 2018-19

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What is the Direct Aid Program?

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget and managed through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s overseas posts. DAP advances developmental outcomes in Official Development Assistance (ODA)-eligible countries with projects primarily focused on practical and tangible results. 

Who can apply?

Funding is available on a not-for-profit basis to organisations, community groups and individuals engaged in development activities in Thailand. Applications cannot be accepted from commercial operations. 

Which areas are funded?

DAP projects must have a tangible humanitarian or developmental outcome and/or make a practical contribution to building the capacity of recipients in a relevant and appropriate ODA-eligible sector.

The 2018-19 DAP Program in Thailand will focus on:

  • improving community health (e.g. through delivering a mobile health clinic to a remote area);
  • supporting schools or education (e.g. by supplying additional books to a school library);
  • improving small-scale infrastructure (e.g. by constructing check-dams to increase potable water supply in remote villages);
  • promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment (e.g. by renovating a classroom and constructing toilets in a girls’ school);
  • supporting people with disability to access the same opportunities as others (e.g. by constructing wheelchair access ramps in a rural school);
  • supporting inclusive, green growth, including strengthening institutions and promoting rural development (e.g. by renovating a library and community learning centre for a rural community);
  • responding to humanitarian disasters (e.g. through the provision of small-scale basic flood relief supplies);
  • protecting the environment (e.g. by supporting the use of renewable energy at a school by turning organic waste into renewable energy);
  • capacity building in the areas of governance, decentralisation and human rights (e.g. by holding workshops to advise of rights within the domestic legal system).

Projects in other areas are still eligible but may be given a lower priority.

Projects must usually finish by May 2019.  This deadline can be extended to May 2020 if there is a good reason and the DAP Committee gives approval.

Most projects have a budget of between AUD4,000 to AUD30,000 (THB100,000 to THB750,000). In exceptional circumstances we can fund projects up to AUD60,000 (THB1.5 million). 

What activities are eligible?

To be eligible, projects must:

  • qualify as Official Development Assistance (ODA) and not be commercial in nature;
  • have tangible humanitarian or development outcomes, and/or make a practical contribution to building the capacity of recipients in a relevant sector;
  • produce results that will last beyond the end of the project, with any recurrent costs being met through other non-DAP funding;
  • involve a demonstrated commitment by the local community;
  • be technically feasible and able to be implemented within the agreed time-frame (usually by May 2019 unless special approval is granted for delivery over two years);
  • have limited staffing and/or administration costs;
  • have the capacity to meet accountability requirements, including progress reports and acquittal of funds;
  • implement appropriate child protection, fraud control, anti-corruption, environmental protection and workplace health and safety measures;
  • not directly or indirectly support terrorist groups or sanctioned entities;
  • appropriately acknowledge Australia’s contribution.

We will generally NOT fund:

  • running costs and administrative expenses (e.g. staff salaries, office rental and utility costs, spare parts, office supplies, routine maintenance and repairs);
  • salaries or fees for consultants and advisors, where they are a large part of total costs;
  • any project using asbestos in its construction;
  • micro-finance projects or micro-credit schemes;
  • academic research;
  • commercial ventures (unless it can be demonstrated that any profits flow to the community as a whole or will be reinvested in the community project).

Projects should be self-contained, with finite time lines.  Activities in which the recipient community themselves makes a significant contribution in terms of labour, materials or cash are particularly well-received.  Projects that might act as a catalyst for additional development of the community or a model for similar developments elsewhere will also be welcomed.  

 If the applicant has sought support from other possible funding sources for the proposed activity, or if the proposed activity is being implemented in conjunction with activities funded through other sources, this must be stated in the application.

 Selection Process

The Embassy’s DAP Committee selects projects annually based on the online applications.  When assessing applications, the DAP Committee will consider whether:

  • the project is eligible to receive DAP funding
  • the project is in a priority sector
  • there is local participation in the project and a clear need for support;
  • the applicant can successfully carry out the project, including meeting expenditure and reporting deadlines;
  • the applicant is aware of any risks and has strategies to address them.


Projects are assessed primarily on the basis of the supporting information supplied by applicants, including two written references.

A reference should be a credible external individual familiar with the organisation who can vouch for you and your work.  Referees may be contacted to discuss the applications.

Important dates

Project proposals must be submitted via the SmartyGrants website by 28 September 2018. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.  Please ensure you complete all questions relevant to your proposal.

The Embassy’s DAP Committee will advise all applicants in writing as to whether their project has been successful or unsuccessful as soon as possible after the completion of the selection round. Typically, this will be within two months of the selection round closing.

Due to the continuing strong interest in the DAP program, only a small number of proposals will be successful in being offered funding. Unsuccessful applicants may seek feedback on their applications from the DAP Committee by emailing

 Accountability for funding

Successful applicants must sign a grant agreement outlining their responsibilities. If these terms and conditions are not met, DAP recipients will be required to repay the grant to the Australian Embassy.

All project recipients are required to provide accurate reports on their projects. This includes an acquittal report due in May 2019 at the completion of the projects. An interim report is also required in May 2019 for projects that have an approved delivery period of more than one year. Acquittal reports must be completed online using the SmartyGrants system and must provide an accurate assessment of the tangible outcomes achieved, as well as evidence of expenditure. 

Contact for queries

Australian Embassy, Bangkok

Tel: (02) 344 6371 (English) or (02) 344-6362 (ภาษาไทย)


Important notes

1. DAP building and construction related projects should meet or exceed Australian standards wherever reasonably practicable to do so. Departure from Australian work health and safety standards on the basis that meeting such standards is not “reasonably practicable” is only accepted where it is defensible to do so, supported by a clear, persuasive and documented explanation. In such cases, the project should meet the highest standard that is reasonably practicable, with hazard mitigation measures supported by a hazard identification and risk assessment report identifying the residual risks of injury and illness to any workers or third parties, and a proposed mitigation strategy.

2. If the project involves working with children, you must have a current child protection policy or code of conduct to be eligible.  If you do not have a current policy you can use the standard template available on the DAP website.

3. Recipients of DAP funding must ensure that no support or resources are provided to any entity subject to sanctions (by the United Nations Security Council or the Australian Government). Entities subject to sanctions are identified at:

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4. Recipients of DAP funding must ensure that the work conducted in relation to this project is undertaken in a safe manner and complies with all applicable local laws, standards and policies that relate to health and safety.