The Direct Aid Program is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Australian Embassy in Belgrade. The program aims to support projects with a strong development focus that complement Australia’s broader aid program, contribute to sustainable economic growth and lead to poverty reduction.
DAP supports projects that provide direct benefits to those most in need in the local community, including vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, women, children and youth and people with disabilities. DAP projects should help to promote a positive image of Australia’s cooperation with the countries of accreditation.
- DAP activities should primarily be aimed at achieving practical and tangible outcomes of high development impact. DAP is able to fund activities that have a direct, practical and immediate impact, including capacity building programs in the areas of governance and human rights engagement. They will favourably consider projects:
- in the areas of community and/or rural development, education, gender equality, disabilities, youth, human rights, the environment, small-scale infrastructure, economic empowerment and ad hoc humanitarian relief.
- where applicants and their communities make a contribution in labour, materials, transport or cash;
- sporting activities
- that enhance educational and cultural exchanges and people-to-people links
- that are achievable and have sustainable outcomes
- projects that provide educational or occupational/skills training
- Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro.
- DAP is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, community groups, NGOs and other entities engaged in development activities in countries that are eligible for official development assistance (ODA).
- They will generally not fund the following:
- cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money
- commercial ventures
- purchase ofmajor assets, eg vehicles
- Australian or overseas study tours
- International travel
- Sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit
- staff salaries
- routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts, routine maintenance
For more information, visit Australian Embassy in Belgrade.