The Australian High Commission Papua New Guinea is seeking applications for the Direct Aid Program (DAP) to support small-scale projects with a strong development focus that complements Australia’s broader aid program.
DAP funding is only available to community groups, NGOs and other organisations engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
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Sectors: DAP projects cover a range of sectors, including education, health, water and sanitation, environmental protection, women’s empowerment, and gender equality, supporting people with disabilities, economic livelihood, food security, human rights, cultural, scientific and research.
- The DAP focuses on projects that:
- Improve the livelihood of communities;
- Are sustainable and have lasting development impacts.
- The maximum DAP funding a project can receive is AUD 60,000. However, DAP strives to support multiple projects and most successful projects have requested between AUD4,000 and AUD15,000. Projects must be delivered within six months of funding.
- The DAP also looks favourably on projects:
- Promoting women’s empowerment, indigenous groups and vulnerable minority groups;
- That focus on climate change and environmental protection; that have the support of a trustworthy referee;
- Where the community makes a contribution to, or is involved in, the implementation of the project; and where other donors also support the project.
- To the best extent possible, DAP supports a wide geographic spread of projects across Papua New Guinea
- DAP funding is only available to community groups, NGOs and other organisations engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
- DAP will not support:
- Large-scale infrastructure projects
- Operational costs, such as flights, catering, stationery, rent and other administrative costs
- Maintenance and repairs, including equipment such as photocopiers, computers, digital cameras, other kinds of electronic equipment, stoves, fridges etc.
- Purchase of assets such as property or vehicles, boats, engines or related machinery Requests from individuals and individual families, such as for scholarships, school fee requests or personal financial assistance
- Commercial ventures, such as establishing a small business, micro-credit schemes or any other project that involves return of money
For more information, visit https://png.highcommission.gov.au/pmsb/cooperation.html