Australian Embassy

Direct Aid Program

Direct Aid Program

The 2017-2018 Direct Aid Program (DAP) for China is now open for applications. Applications will be accepted until close of business on 8 September 2017. Incomplete applications and those received after 8 September 2017 will not be considered. The DAP Committee will only inform successful applicants in writing of the selection outcome.

DAP is a competitive, flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government with the primary aim of reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development outcomes consistent with Australia’s national interests. DAP generally funds around ten high-quality projects in China each year. If you are interested in applying for DAP funding support, please download a DAP Application Form here. A Project Assessment Form will be used by the DAP Committee to assess DAP applications. Applicants are encouraged to use this form to guide the preparation of their applications. Please download a Project Assessment Form here. Contact the DAP Committee of the Australian Embassy in Beijing for more information.

DAP is available to individuals, community groups and NGOs engaged in development activities, on a not-for-profit basis. The program is aimed principally at supporting small-scale development projects/activities focused on practical and tangible results.

The Australian Embassy in Beijing is responsible for DAP in China. The DAP Committee receives and evaluates projects which are then submitted to the Ambassador for approval.

There is a funding limit of AU$50,000 per DAP application. Applications for funding generally range from AU$10,000 to AU$50,000. The Australian Embassy seeks to fund small-scale, high-value projects that can be completed by 30 June 2018.

In 2017-18, DAP will focus on:

  • assistance for basic service delivery to China’s poorest regions; and
  • engagement with emerging and existing NGOs, particularly in sectors of benefit to women and girls, children, ethnic minorities, and people with disability.

Eligible activities for DAP funding include: education; community health; water and sanitation; governance; law reform and legal aid; small-scale infrastructure; rural development; environmental protection (including climate change); and gender equity. In certain cases, consideration may be given for funding to contribute to disaster relief operations.

As a general rule, the following activities and inputs are not funded:

  • grants programs run by other governments or organisations
  • micro-credit schemes or any other projects that involve return of money or loans for cash
  • salary of permanent staff of implementing organisation
  • administrative costs not directly related to project implementation
  • purchase or rental of property or land
  • purchase of vehicles
  • routine, recurring and/or running costs including: office rent, electricity, water, phone, internet, etc.; routine maintenance and repairs (including of equipment such as photocopiers, computers, stoves, fridges etc.); and office or equipment insurance
  • commercial ventures
  • direct support for governments

The focus is on activities that have a direct, practical, immediate impact. Check out some of the highlights of the 2015-2016 DAP for China here.