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Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Pretoria Direct Aid Program 2019/20

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


Direct Aid Program Overview

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small-grants scheme which aims to support non-profit organisations working in local communities on activities which support sustainable and equitable development. The Australian High Commission in Pretoria currently prioritises funding projects with a focus on:

  1. Human Rights: Disability Inclusion/ Gender Equality / LGBTI issues
  2. Education and Skills Development
  3. Environment and water conservation
  4.  Foreign policy

As a general rule, the following projects are not funded through DAP:

  • payment of ongoing staff salaries of core organisational staff. Note: contractor salaries that are part of the actual project can be considered but should not constitute a major cost component
  • grants programs run by other governments or organisations
  • micro-credit schemes or any other project that involves return of money or loans for cash
  • administrative costs not directly related to project implementation
  • purchase of vehicles, purchase or rental of property or land
  • routine, recurring and/or running costs including: office rent, electricity, water, phone, internet, etc.; routine maintenance and repairs (including of equipment such as photocopiers, computers, stoves, fridges etc.) and office or equipment insurance; or
  • commercial ventures.

The Australian High Commission in Pretoria disburses DAP funding to projects in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Eswatini. The Australian High Commission will consider applications from community groups, local, international or Australian NGOs, and other civil society actors that are lawfully operating in any of these countries. We will also consider applications from academic institutions, research bodies, or other organisations engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.

Please note the application process includes two stages:  The first step is the completion of an Expression of Interest online which provides high level information on your intended project. These will be shortlisted by the DAP selection committee who will invite selected applicants to submit a comprehensive application at the second stage online. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

Note that organisations invited to submit a full DAP application will not be guaranteed funding as success will depend on the quality of the application as well as the funds available.

DAP funds are disbursed in accordance with the Australian financial year which starts 1 July and ends 30 June. While activities  can take place outside the financial year in which  they are funded, full expenditure acquittal will be required by 30 June 2020 (for one year grants) or 2021 (for two year grants). In exceptional cases, the Australian High Commission will consider projects involving activities that run over two financial years; however the maximum funding limit remains the same. 

While applicants can apply for a maximum of AUD50,000, most successful projects will receive between AUD25,000 to AUD40,000.

Indicative DAP Timeline (this may be subject to change):

  • 3 June: DAP Call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs)
  • 5 July: Expression of Interest submission deadline - Unsuccessful EOIs will not be notified
  • 31 July: DAP Selection Committee shortlists EOIs and invites a select group of organisations to submit comprehensive applications.
  • 30 August:  Deadline for submission of comprehensive applications
  • September: Successful projects notified
  • October: Grant agreements finalised and Funds disbursed

Both the Expression of Interest and the subsequent detailed application (if shortlisted), should be submitted online at Should you have any difficulties applying for DAP, please send a query by email to .

Important note: DAP program and application requirements can change from year-to-year. Please do not rely on information that does not come directly from the High Commission