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Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Mongolia DAP 2019

This is a preview of the Direct Aid Program Application Form 2019-20 form. When you’re ready to apply, click Fill Out Now to begin.



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?

Applications will be considered from local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), national and local government agencies and other not-for-profit organisations. All applications must demonstrate that they are not-for-profit. Applications from individuals will not be considered. 

Microcredit schemes, purchase of land and vehicles, recurrent costs including staff salary and non-related administrative expenses, commercial ventures and activities with direct support from government (noting exceptions above) are not eligible for DAP funding.

Please see for further details concerning DAP policy, eligibility and application processes.

What activities are eligible for DAP Support?

In 2019-20, the Mongolia DAP will aim to fund projects in the following sectors: 

  • Health – focusing on rural and community health, combating communicable diseases, cancer, emergency and distance medicine, medical services for minorities;
  • Human Rights – focusing on disability inclusiveness, gender equality, empowering minorities, LGBTI rights, and eliminating discrimination;
  • Disaster prevention and response – Activities that focus on building the capacity of Mongolia to prepare for and respond to wildfires and other natural disasters will be prioritised
  • Ending domestic violence, protecting women and children, and eliminating gender inequality
  • Education – focusing on access for people with disabilities, disadvantaged adults and children, and children with special needs;
  • Sports for development – focusing on promoting social inclusion and youth development.

Post will consider projects outside these sectors if they offer innovative and scalable ideas, tools and approaches to contribute to local and national priorities and promote Australia’s partnership with Mongolia. 

Inclusiveness and equality will be one of the principles for DAP projects. Projects working with women and children; people with disability; poor rural and urban communities; and socially disadvantaged or marginalized groups, will be considered especially favourably.

We will generally NOT fund the following:

  • cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money
  • commercial ventures
  • purchase of major assets, eg vehicles
  • Australian or overseas study tours
  • International travel
  • Sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit
  • staff salaries
  • routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts, routine maintenance

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.  There is no minimum amount that a single DAP project can receive and the projects with duration of 1 year will be funded up to 30,000 AUD. Duplicate propsals will not be accepted.

All projects must articulate how their activities will have an impact on people with disabilities. At a minimum project proposals must articulate how people with a disability are equally able to access the outputs from the project and participate equally in project implementation.

All projects should consider gender issues throughout, including gender balance in participation and access to outputs.


This form is to be completed by the applicant online. All applications must be accompanied by a fully costed project budget.

Further information on the Direct Aid Program can be found at


1. DAP building and construction related projects should meet or exceed Australian standards wherever reasonably practicable to do so.. Departure from Australian WHS standards on the basis that meeting such standards is not “reasonably practicable” should only be 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 proposed mitigation strategy.

2. If the project involves working with children, the organisation must have a current child protection policy or code of conduct to be eligible. 

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).

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.