Australian Embassy

Direct Aid Program

Applications for the 2020-2021 funding cycle of the Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) are now closed.

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.

The Australian Embassy is looking to fund small-scale, high-value projects that will be completed by 30 June 2021.  The maximum funding allocation per project is AU$48,000.

The DAP will fund projects by individuals, community groups, non-government organisations, the private sector and not-for profit organisations.

If you are interested in applying for DAP funding, please download a DAP Application Form here.  Applications can be submitted in either English or Chinese.

A Project Assessment Form will be used to assess DAP applications. Applicants are encouraged to use this form as a guide in preparing their applications. A Project Assessment Form can be downloaded here

In order to receive funding under the DAP, Australian Embassy or Consulate staff must be able to conduct monitoring visits to the project site.

Contact the DAP Committee [email protected] of the Australian Embassy in Beijing for more information.

Funding priorities

Projects in the following sectors will be prioritised: 

·         health;

·         Stability (which includes: promoting good governance; disaster resilience, such as supporting countries to maintain core services (e.g. food and water security); and providing support to people with disabilities);

·         Education;

·         Economic recovery, including poverty alleviation and rural development; and

·         Gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Projects that work with China’s most vulnerable groups, including those living in poverty, those who are socially excluded, minority ethnic communities, people with disabilities, women and children, will be prioritised.

DAP recipients should be reputable, with the demonstrated capacity to deliver projects and must be registered to operate in China. Foreign NGOs must already either be registered or have temporary registration for the proposed project.

Selected applications should be able to enhance the public diplomacy and economic diplomacy goals of the Australian Embassy in Beijing or Australia’s other Consulates in China. These include building awareness and understanding of Australia’s deep and broad engagement with China and promoting Australia’s development credentials.

The following activities and inputs are not eligible for DAP funding:


  • grants programs run by other governments;
  • 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; and
  • direct support for governments.