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.

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.

Supported Projects

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

  • 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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