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Port of Spain Direct Aid Program 2017-18

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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. The program aims to support projects with a strong development focus which contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. DAP projects should also promote a distinctive and positive image of Australia.

Who can Apply?

DAP is available to individuals, community groups, civil society groups, NGOs, local government organisations and other entities engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis. Projects in Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname are eligible for funding.

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. Preference will be given to projects:

  • in the areas of community health, rural development, capacity building, education, sport, gender equality, disabilities, youth, human rights, the environment, agriculture, small-scale infrastructure, economic empowerment, disaster management and humanitarian relief;
  • where applicants and their communities make a contribution to the success of the project (e.g. labour, materials, transport or cash);
  • that enhance educational and cultural exchanges and people-to-people links;
  • that are achievable and have sustainable outcomes; and
  • that provide educational or occupational/skills training.


We will generally NOT fund the following:

  • cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money;
  • start-up enterprises/ commercial ventures;
  • purchases of major assets: vehicles, tractors, refrigerators, photocopiers;
  • purchases of computers and other items which are easily stolen (cameras, laptops);
  • Australian or overseas study tours;
  • conferences or hotel accommodation;
  • international travel (except for capacity building by experts, on a case-by-case basis);
  • sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit
  • staff salaries and other routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts and routine maintenance;


Projects should be self-contained, with a clear planned completion date. 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 are also welcomed. 


Generally, funding is between AUD5,000 to AUD30,000 per approved project. An upper limit of AUD60,000 applies for projects that either:

  • span two financial years (the current financial year runs from July 2017 to June 2018);
  • are in partnership with established entities;
  • are conducted in multiple countries; or
  • have strong project designs with risk management strategies.


Proposals must be clearly defined with specific outputs. Proposals will be approved or rejected on the basis of:

  • the costs (with supporting evidence of quotations, where applicable) and the development benefits of the proposal
  • achievable and sustainable outcomes
  • soundness of the project's objectives and design
  • the practicability of the proposed implementation arrangements
  • whether the project conforms with the objectives of the Direct Aid Program

What is the DAP Project Timeline?

The timeline is generally short term, with project acquittal completed before the end of the current Australian financial year (June 2018) and/ or within agreed timeframes. Final acquittals are due two months after the agreed project completion date.

Two year projects require interim acquittal reports every six months.



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

This application form should be read in conjunction with the Direct Aid Program Guidelines, which are available 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, or contact with children, the organisation must have a current Child Protection Policy or Code of Conduct to be eligible. Should you need guidance on developing a child protection policy, you can contact the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Child Protection Compliance section (
  3. Recipients of DAP funding must ensure that no support or resources are provided to any entity subject to the United Nations or the Australian Government sanctions.
  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.