The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby.
DAP aims to support small-scale projects with a strong development focus that complement Australia’s broader aid program. This funding is only available to community groups, NGOs and other organizations engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
- The maximum DAP funding a project can receive is AU$60,000.
- Projects must be delivered within six months of funding.
Australian High Commission prefers to fund applications:
- where the community makes a contribution to the project (through the provision of labour or transportation, or funding other project-related expenses);
- where other donors (NGOs, private business, other government donors) are involved in supporting the project (funds, technical or other forms of support);
- that has the support of a locally prominent figure (such as an MP, Provincial or District Administrator); and
- that help disadvantaged groups (including women and the disabled) in less-developed areas.
DAP Project proposals must:
- Address poverty alleviation by supporting projects that aim at improving the livelihood of communities.
- Support the inclusion and active participation of the disadvantaged population (women, girls, children, Persons living with a disability and those with HIV/AIDS).
- Be sustainable and have lasting developmental benefits, with any ongoing costs or maintenance to be met by the community.
Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be informed in writing as soon as possible after a decision has been made.