The Australian Embassy Federated States of Micronesia has launched the Direct Aid Program (DAP), a small grants scheme available to non-government organizations and community groups to support small-scale sustainable development projects and activities within their groups or communities.
- Funding limit of grants is USD$20,000.00 per application.
- Preference in funding will be given to projects addressing the following:
- Education (e.g., basic education, teacher training and workshops)
- Health (e.g., improving access, community preventative health education campaigns)
- Women (e.g., skills training for income generation, addressing gender issues)
- Youth (e.g., training in job and life skills)
- Minorities and disadvantaged groups
- Environment (e.g., recycling, environmental health awareness)
- Community development (e.g., training/ organizational strengthening in planning, leadership, and project management.
- start-up capital
- staffing or sitting fees
- household effects and personal items
- fundraising, donations, or prizes
- applications from private individuals
- items of a recurrent nature (e.g., spare parts, supplies, maintenance & repairs, replacement equipment, gasoline, oil, salaries & wages)
- major infrastructure (e.g., roads, buildings, classroom etc)
- international or domestic travel, overseas study tours, offshore training or per diem expenses
- meeting, seminar, or conference attendance
- micro credit loans
- activities which are for promoting religious or political purposes
- purchase of vehicles, trailers, and machinery such as tractors, outboard motors and boats
- construction of major facilities
- Submissions should demonstrate a commitment on the part of the local authorities and/or people who will be the beneficiaries to implement and sustain the project. DAP projects should be designed to benefit the whole community and must always respect human rights and gender equity as well as being environmentally sound.
Assessment of Applications
Proposals will be assessed by the DAP Committee based on:
- conformity with the objectives and guidelines of the DAP program
- the costs and developmental benefits of the proposal
- the appropriateness of the expenditure proposed
- achievable and sustainable outcomes
- soundness of the project’s objectives and design
For more information, visit Australian Embassy Federated States of Micronesia.