Australian Embassy in Ukraine's Direct Aid Program

Grant Size $10,000 to $100,000   ,   Closing Date


Applications are now open for the Direct Aid Program to support projects with a strong development focus that complement Australia's broader aid program which contributes to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

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.

DAP projects should promote a distinctive and positive image of Australia.

Funding Information
  • There is no minimum amount that a single DAP project can receive but the maximum is AUD60,000 over the life of the project. 

  • Activities may run up to a maximum of two years.

Eligible Activities
  • 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

Ineligibility Criteria
  • 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


  • 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).

  • Projects should be self-contained, with finite time lines. 

  • Activities in which the recipient community themselves makes a significant contribution in terms of labour, materials or cash are particularly well-received. 

  • Projects that might act as a catalyst for additional development of the community or a model for similar developments elsewhere will also be welcomed.

  • Proposals will be approved or rejected on the basis of:

    •  the costs and the development benefits of the proposal

    • achievable and sustainable outcomes

    • soundness of the project's objectives and design

    • the practicability of the proposed implementation arrangements, and

    • whether the project conforms with the objectives of the Direct Aid Program

Post Date: September 04, 2023

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