Direct Aid Program (DAP)
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government. The aim of the DAP is to advance developmental objectives and address humanitarian hardship in developing countries, while at the same time supporting Australia's international relations and public diplomacy objectives.
DAP is administered through Australia's overseas diplomatic posts on an annual (1 July-30 June financial year) basis. In 2012-2013, the total DAP budget was $8.94 million.
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 overseas development assistance. The program focuses on supporting small-scale development projects and activities that involve the beneficiaries in the identification, design and management of the projects.
The table below sets out the Australian diplomatic posts which received DAP allocations in 2012-2013, and the countries in which these posts administer the program.
|Region||Administering post||Eligible countries / Territories|
|* The host country does not receive DAP funds|
|Abuja (Nigeria)||Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, The Gambia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Niger|
|Accra (Ghana)||Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo|
|Cairo (Egypt)||Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan, Syria|
|Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)||Ethiopia, Djibouti|
|Harare (Zimbabwe)||Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Congo (Democratic Republic of)|
|Lisbon (Portugal)*||Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe|
|Paris (France)*||Central African Republic, Chad, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria|
|Nairobi (Kenya)||Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan|
|Port Louis (Mauritius)||Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles|
|Pretoria (South Africa)||Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland|
Latin America and the Caribbean
|Buenos Aires (Argentina)||Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay|
|Lima (Peru)||Peru, Bolivia|
|Mexico City (Mexico)||Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama|
|Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)||Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname|
|Santiago de Chile (Chile)||Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela|
|South and Central Asia||Colombo (Sri Lanka)||Maldives, Sri Lanka|
|New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai (India)||India, Bhutan|
|South East Asia||Bangkok (Thailand)||Thailand|
|Dili (East Timor)||East Timor|
|Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)||Vietnam|
|Jakarta, Bali (Indonesia)||Indonesia|
|Phnom Penh (Cambodia)||Cambodia|
|The Pacific||Apia (Samoa)||Samoa|
|Honiara (Solomon Islands)||Solomon Islands|
|Noumea (New Caledonia)||Wallis and Futuna|
|Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia)||Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau|
|Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)||Papua New Guinea|
|Port Vila (Vanuatu)||Vanuatu|
|Suva (Fiji)||Fiji, Tuvalu|
|Cairo (Egypt)||Egypt, Syria,|
|Ramallah (Palestinian Territories)||Palestinian Territories|
|Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)||Yemen|
|Europe||Ankara (Turkey)||Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey|
|Belgrade (Serbia)||Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia|
|Vienna (Austria)*||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Ukraine|
|North Asia||Beijing (China)||China|
|Seoul (Republic of Korea)*||Mongolia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea|
|Global||New York (UN)||ODA-eligible countries|
|Geneva (UN)||ODA-eligible countries|
There is no minimum or maximum amount that a single DAP project can receive, although funding for most projects will fall between $5,000 and $30,000.
Further details of DAP policy and procedures are provided in the General Guidelines.