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What is the Direct Aid Program?
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.
Who can Apply?
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).
The Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai supports small-scale, sustainable development projects in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, with grants typically up to INR 10 lakh.
What activities are eligible for DAP Support?
DAP activities should achieve 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. We will favourably consider projects:
While we always seek a diversity of projects, this year we are especially looking for projects that will support development through:
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. Activities may run up to a maximum of two years. Most projects run for 1 year.
We will generally NOT fund the following:
Proposals must be clearly defined with specific outputs. Proposals will be approved or rejected on the basis of:
Expectations for accountability, transparency and reporting
Should your project be successful, you will be required to:
If your project changes as it is implemented, approval for the reallocation of funding must be sought from the Australian Consulate General in Mumbai. Any unspent funds at the completion of the project must be returned to the Australian Consulate General in Mumbai.
This form is to be completed by the applicant online. All applications must be accompanied by a fully costed project budget that provides a detailed breakdown of costs by component. Please note that 10% of the budget must be dedicated towards activities that generate public awareness about the project.
This application form should be read in conjunction with the Direct Aid Program Guidelines, which are available at -