The Australian High Commission in the Kingdom of Tonga has announced the Direct Aid Program (DAP) which is a community development program funded by the Australian Government.
In 2020-21, they particularly welcome proposals for projects that address people with disabilities, women and girls, livelihoods, human rights, environment and climate change, community health, arts and culture, youth and social inclusion.
In recent years, the Direct Aid Program in Tonga has supported projects including:
- educational materials to assist students of Montessori Preschool
- papaya seeds for commercial purposes and training for farmers
- drilling of borehole for Ha’alaufuli community
Grants of up to 8000 pa’anga are available for proposals that can demonstrate a strong benefit to local communities in line with the priorities of the Australian Aid program in Tonga.
What types of projects are not eligible under the Direct Aid Program?
- issuing cash grants, cash prizes, grants programs, micro-credit schemes or commercial ventures
- buying livestock, vehicles, lawnmowers, weed-eaters, or water tanks or fences for individual households
- improvements to an individual’s house or land
- any overseas travel
- routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts, routine maintenance and reports, or staff salaries.
To strengthen your application, you should consider:
- How will you maximise the number of people that will benefit from your project?
- Can the community make a contribution to support the project (land, material, labour or resources)?
- How can the project continue to provide a benefit to the community after the funding has been spent?
For more information, visit https://tonga.embassy.gov.au/nkfa/dap.html