Australian High Commission

Direct Aid Program

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government. DAP is available to individuals, community groups, civil society groups, NGOs and other entities engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis. Project budgets should be capped at AUD 60,000.

To review DAP summary information available on the DFAT website, please click here.


When can I apply?

The 2018-2019 application period closes on 28 February 2019 at midnight. Application submissions can be made via

How will applications be assessed?

The DAP Committee will assess the applications against the following criteria:

  • the costs and the development benefits of the project;
  • whether it has achievable and sustainable outcomes;
  • the soundness of the project's objectives and design;
  • the practicability of the proposed implementation arrangements, and;
  • whether the project conforms to the objectives of the Direct Aid Program.

During this process, we may ask the applicant for more information.

How can I apply?

All applications for the 2018-19 cycle must be submitted through Smartygrants, our new online grants management system. Smartygrants operates on a web-based platform and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.

What activities are eligible for DAP Support?

DAP activities should achieve 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. Preference will be given to projects:

  • in the areas of community health, rural development, capacity building, education, sport, gender equality, disabilities, youth, human rights, the environment, agriculture, small-scale infrastructure, economic empowerment, disaster management and humanitarian relief;
  • where applicants and their communities make a contribution to the success of the project (e.g. labour, materials, transport or cash);
  • that enhance educational and cultural exchanges and people-to-people links;
  • that are achievable and have sustainable outcomes; and
  • that provide educational or occupational/skills training. 

We will generally not fund the following:

  • cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money;
  • start-up enterprises/ commercial ventures;
  • purchases of major assets: vehicles, tractors, refrigerators, photocopiers;
  • purchases of computers and other items which are easily stolen (cameras, laptops);
  • Australian or overseas study tours;
  • international travel (except for capacity building by experts, on a case-by-case basis);
  • sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit; and
  • staff salaries and other routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts and routine maintenance

If you have any questions while completing your application, please contact us on +92 51 835 5500 or at during business hours. Make sure to include your application number in your email subject.