Deadline: 27 September 2019
Applications are now open for the Direct Aid Program (DAP), a flexible small grants scheme for development activities.
The program funds projects that provide direct benefits to those most in need in the local community, including vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.
What kind of projects does DAP support?
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The Australian Embassy welcomes applications from all over Thailand. They particularly encourage applications from communities in the Greater Mekong region and from disadvantaged rural communities throughout Thailand.
The DAP Program in Thailand focuses on:
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- improving community health (e.g. through delivering a mobile health clinic to a remote area);
- supporting schools or education (e.g. by supplying additional books to a school library);
- improving small-scale infrastructure (e.g. by constructing check-dams to increase potable water supply in remote villages);
- promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment (e.g. by renovating a classroom and constructing toilets in a girls’ school);
- supporting people with disability to access the same opportunities as others (e.g. by constructing wheelchair access ramps in a rural school);
- supporting inclusive, green growth, including strengthening institutions and promoting rural development
- protecting the environment (e.g. by supporting the use of renewable energy at a school by turning organic waste into renewable energy);
- capacity building in the areas of governance, decentralization and human rights (e.g. by holding workshops to advise of rights within the domestic legal system).
Projects in other areas are still eligible but may be given a lower priority.
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- Projects must usually finish by May 2020.
- Most projects have a budget of between AUD4,000 to AUD24,000 (THB100,000 to THB500,000).
Funding is available on a not-for-profit basis to organizations, community groups and individuals engaged in development activities in Thailand. Applications cannot be accepted from commercial operations.
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To be eligible, projects must:
- qualify as Official Development Assistance (ODA) and not be commercial in nature;
- have tangible humanitarian or development outcomes, and/or make a practical contribution to building the capacity of recipients in a relevant sector;
- produce results that will last beyond the end of the project, with any recurrent costs being met through other non-DAP funding;
- involve a demonstrated commitment by the local community;
- be technically feasible and able to be implemented within the agreed time-frame;
- have limited staffing and/or administration costs;
- have the capacity to meet accountability requirements, including progress reports and acquittal of funds;
- implement appropriate child protection, fraud control, anti-corruption, environmental protection and workplace health and safety measures;
- not directly or indirectly support terrorist groups or sanctioned entities;
- appropriately acknowledge Australia’s contribution.
How to Apply
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Interested applicants can apply online via given website.
For more information, please visit https://thailand.embassy.gov.au/bkok/AUS_THAI_DAP.html