Deadline: 20 October 2019
Applicants are invited to apply for the Round One of the 2019-20 Direct Aid Program (DAP) which is a flexible small grants program through which the Australian Government supports development projects that contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.
The Australian High Commission in Port of Spain administers DAP in the Caribbean.
- Projects are generally between AUD5,000 and AUD40,000.
- Eligible applicants may apply for funding of up to a maximum AUD60,000, but projects over AUD30,000 must be delivered in partnership with established entities and have a strong project design with a detailed budget, project timeline and risk management strategy.
- As outlined above, all payments to successful applicants will only be transferred into registered NGO or entity accounts (i.e. payments will not be transferred into personal accounts).
- Projects generally run for less than 12 months but may, if necessary, run for a maximum of two years (with funding allocated in the first year).
- Community groups, NGOs, local government organisations and other entities engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis in the countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname) are eligible to apply for funding through DAP.
- All payments to successful applicants, however, will only be transferred into registered NGO or entity accounts (i.e. payments will not be made into personal accounts).
DAP activities should have achievable and sustainable development outcomes for the communities involved. In 2019-20, DAP will support projects that focus on:
- Addressing community health challenges and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) e.g. health screening services, public health campaigns, sporting projects etc.
- Promoting human rights, including projects that empower women, youth, Indigenous communities and people with disability e.g. capacity building training etc.
- Improving access to safe water and levels of sanitation and hygiene in communities e.g. water tanks/systems, sanitation facilities etc.
- Promoting sustainable environmental practices e.g. protection of coral reefs, sustainable fishing and sustainable agricultural practices etc.
Preference will be given to projects where applicants and their communities make a contribution to the project (e.g. by providing labour, materials, transport or monetary support)
The following expenses are NOT eligible for funding:
- grants programs run by governments or organisations
- micro-credit schemes or any project that involves return of money or loans of cash
- staff salaries for implementing organisations
- administrative costs not directly related to project implementation
- rent or purchase of land
- purchase of vehicles or fuel
- routine, recurring and/or running costs including: office rental and utility costs; routine maintenance and repairs (including of equipment such as photocopiers, computers, stoves, fridges etc.) and office or equipment insurance
- commercial ventures
- transport, including flights, taxis and vehicle hire (although some costs may be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have clear development outcomes
- direct support for governments
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit their applications online through the SmartyGrants via given website.
For more information, please visit https://trinidadandtobago.embassy.gov.au/ptsp/cooperation.html