Direct Aid Program in Tonga
The Australian Government has invited applications for Direct Aid Program (DAP), a competitive small grants program funded by the Australian Aid program, managed by the Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa.
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed through the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) overseas posts. 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. DAP projects should promote a distinctive and positive image of Australia.
The DAP invites proposals up to 8,000 pa’anga that demonstrate a strong benefit to local communities and align with the priority areas of the Australian Aid program in Tonga. These priorities include –
People with disabilities
women and girls
income generation and livelihoods
environment and climate change
arts and culture
youth and social inclusion
up to 8,000 pa’anga
What activities are eligible for DAP Support?
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;
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
DAP is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, community groups, NGOs and other entities engaged in development activities.
What They Will Not Fund
They will generally NOT fund the following:
cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money
purchase ofmajor assets, eg vehicles
Australian or overseas study tours
Sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit
routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts, routine maintenance
For more information, visit https://dap.smartygrants.com.au/DAPR2-2122