Australian High Commission Kingdom of Tonga: Seeking Applications for Direct Aid Program 2018-19

Deadline: 14 December 2018

Australian High Commission Kingdom of Tonga is currently accepting applications for the 2nd round of its Direct Aid Program 2018-19, a competitive small grants program funded by the Australian Aid program.

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The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a community development program funded by the Australian Government. The program aims to support projects with a strong development focus that complement Australia’s broader aid program which contributes to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

In 2017-18, DAP particularly welcome proposals for projects that address the following needs: people with disabilities, women and girls, livelihoods, human rights, environment and climate change, community health, arts and culture, youth and social inclusion.

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Supported Projects

In recent years, the Direct Aid Program in Tonga has supported projects including:

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  • a community netball competition in ‘Eua
  • a children’s playground next to the BSP carpark in Nuku’alofa
  • community consultations on the rights of LGBTI people in Tonga
  • a school vegetable garden in Ha’alo

Grant Information

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.


To strengthen application, Applicants 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?

Ineligible Projects

What types of projects are not eligible under the Direct Aid Program?

  • projects that involve issuing cash grants, grants programs, micro-credit schemes or commercial ventures
  • purchase of livestock or major assets, for example, vehicles
  • 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.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must download the application form via given website.

Eligible Country: Tonga

For more information, please visit Direct Aid Program.

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