The Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 66 countries. For the 2013-14 cycle, DAP funding was accessed in 121 accredited countries.
The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships.
For more information about the program, visit dfat.gov.au/direct_aid_program.
Effective January 1, 2012, The Bahamas, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago became ineligible for DAP funding having graduated from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development\'s (OECD) list of countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Effective January 1, 2014, St. Christopher and Nevis became ineligible for DAP funding having graduated from the OECD list of ODA eligible countries.
The application period for the 2015-2016 DAP financial year is now CLOSED.
Direct Aid Program (DAP) - 2015/2016 Recipients
The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) funding for FY2015-16. A total of 33 projects, including two multi-country projects were funded in 10 ODA-eligible countries in the Caribbean. Water and sanitation, reefs, health and agriculture were among the thematic areas of focus. We congratulate all of this year’s recipients. They are:
Antigua and Barbuda
- Antigua and Barbuda National Parks Authority – Promoting Good Management and Educational Experiences in the Marine Areas of Nelsons Dockyard
- BCDAO (Barbuda Community Development Agricultural Organisation) – Food for Life for Food Security
- Na’Lu’um Cacao Institute – Cacao Farmer Community Tool Banks
- Sustainable Harvest International Belize – Otoxha Women's and Youth at Risk Development Project
- Belize Cancer Society (sub grantee of HCC)* – C4PI - Empowering Vulnerable Communities to Fight Cervical Cancer
- Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities (DALCA) – Enhanced Community Capacity to Respond and Recover
- Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities (DALCA) – 100LF Storm Drain Construction
- Operation Youth Quake – Chicken Recovery Project
- Kalinago Community – Cricket Kits
- Stars Agricultural Cooperative – STARS Erika Farm Recovery Project
- Guyana Mangrove Reserve Producers Coop Society
- Building Capacity for Youth Through Beekeeping
- Special Needs for Life – Quarrie Village Water Conservation Community Sanitation and Health
- Women’s Refuge – Youth Self-Esteem Group Therapy
- Cancer Institute of Guyana (sub grantee of HCC) * – C4PI - Empowering Vulnerable Communities to Fight Cervical Cancer
- Grenada Fund for Conservation – Expansion and Rehabilitation of Telescope Mangrove Propagation
- Grenaids – Affirming Who I Am
- Organisation for Development of North East (ODNE) Water Tank/Pump Construction – Limonade, Ferrier, Ouanaminthe
- Organisation for Development of North East (ODNE) – Construction of 38 Latrines in Gaya and Dilaire
- Plan Haiti – Rodaille Community Cholera Control Project
- Groupe de Support Contre le Cancer (sub-grantee of HCC) * – C4PI - Empowering Vulnerable Communities to Fight Cervical Cancer
- Oracabessa Foundation – Enforcement Support in Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary
- Lydford Women’s Group – Goat Production
- Montego Bay Marine Park Trust** – Stewards of Creation Reef Guardians Project
- National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) – Prosthetic Rehabilitation and Repairs Workshop
- Grand Riviere Secondary School – GRSS Farm Inc
- Rainbow Bridge – Aux Lyons Women's Sewing Project
- St Lucia Agricultural Forum for Youth (SLAFY) – Hive Minded - A Communal Apiary for the Youth of St Lucia
- People Empowering People (PEP) – Climate Change Adaptation through Rainwater Harvesting
- Child Development and Guidance – CDGC Training Room and Sensory Room Project
St Vincent and the Grenadines
- St Vincent Small Ruminants – Introduction to Improved Breeding Herds to St Vincent & The Grenadines
- SVG Beekeepers’ Association – Growth and Sustainability Enhancement Project for Beekeeping in SVG
- Southern Grenadines Water Taxi Association – Innovative and Sustainable Agriculture in Union Island
- National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority ** – Reef Guardians Schools’ Pilot Project
- Knowing is Showing Support (K.I.S.S.) – Creating a Pathfinder Youth Club in Goejaba
- Stichting Vonzell – Organic gardens and Square Foot Gardening in Children's Homes
- Stichting Maria Internaat – Maria Education Centre
PART OF A MULTI-COUNTRY PROJECT*
* Healthy Caribbean Coalition
** Reef Ecologic Reef Guardians project
Direct Aid Program (DAP) - 2014/2015 Recipients
The Australian High Commission in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago is pleased to share the list of recipients of funding via the Direct Aid Program (DAP) for the 2014/2015 cycle. They are:
Antigua and Barbuda
- Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross – Club Lyfe Blood Donation Program
- ISLEx – Increasing Opportunities for Improving the Quality of Life of at Risk Children
- Caribbean Sport and Development Agency – Jump Rope for Health - Reducing the Risk of NCD\'s among elementary school children in Belize
- Toledo Institute for Development and Environment and Reef Ecologic (Australia) - Reef Guardians Belize
- Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities (DALCA) – Enhanced Community Capacity and Preparedness - Phase II
- Eco Balance – Fish Emulsion Smart Production Unit
- 4H Dominica – Model 4H Agricultural Project for Food Security
- Lindo Park – Proposed Development Plan for Lindo Park
- Grassroots Cricket Academy - Equipment acquisition and upgrade
Grenada, Petit Martinique and Carriacou
- Hillsborough Secondary School Water Project – Strengthening and Recasting Water Catchment Cistern - Carriacou
- Special Needs for Life – Bina Hill Water Conservation Project
- Rights of Children – Combatting Sexual Violence in Indigenous Communities from Mining
- Organisation for the Development of The North East (ODNE) – Construction of Latrines in Ouanaminthe (Communities of Gaya and Pink Rose)
- Plan International Haiti – Improving Nutrition Practices for Good Development of Early Childhood in Croix-des-Bouquets
- Haiti Hospital Appeal – Improved Maternal and Infant Health care in Northern Haiti
- Jamaica Cancer Society – Cervical Cancer Screening and Education Phase II
- Jamaica 4H Clubs – Rural Development Micro Entrepreneurial Programme
- Jamaica Baptist Women Federation – Agricultural Revolving Project
- Montego Bay Marine Park Trust - Equipment acquisition and upgrade
- St Lucia Small Ruminants Cooperative – Centralised Livestock Management System for Small Ruminant Farmers in St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
- The Guardians – Barrouaille Sustainability and Beautification Project
- VINSAVE – Drop in Early Stimulation and Training Centre Programme
- National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority – Coastal Assessment, Water Quality Monitoring and Environmental Awareness/Education & Training Project
- Marion House – Building Youth Capacities to Overcome Poverty
- Maria Internaat – Subsistence by Aquaponic and Aquaculture System
- Healthy Caribbean Coalition – Blood Pressure Through Community Action – Phase I
(Target islands: Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines)
STARS Food Security Project Shines with Australian DAP support
The community of Castle Bruce, Dominica was very hard hit by the decline of the banana industry and now houses mostly elderly and young people. What used to be productive banana fields are neglected and farmers have retired or emigrated along with many young persons.
In January 2014 the Castle Bruce Community in Dominica were the recipients of a Direct Aid Program (DAP) grant to expand its egg production program. Aimed at improving the sustainability of the community the project supports the economic stability and entrepreneurial vision of the STARS Multipurpose Cooperative.
From l-r: Augustus Alfred, President of the STARS Multipurpose Cooperative Mr Richie Constant, cooperative member, HE Ross Tysoe, AO, Ms Keshara George, Ag. Cooperative Officer East, Mr Darius Christmas, Chairman of the Cooperative, Mrs Claudia Alfred and Mrs Justina Alexander of Lifeline Ministries
Prior to this initiative, the cooperative experienced a number of crises over the years including storm damage and an incident where a rogue dog killed hundreds of chickens. Darius Christmas, Chairman of the Cooperative stated however "We are putting that behind us now…We have over a dozen active members and our work-plan includes developing our greenhouse gardening."
Mr Augustus Alfred, President of the STARS Multi-Purpose Cooperative displays some of the eggs produced by the newly acquired layers.
On a site visit to the facilities Mr Augustus Alfred, President explained that with the acquisition of the chickens, the manure generated would be enough to fertilise the greenhouse. This long-term vision is what ultimately led them receiving the grant since it spoke to their understanding of the need to diversify thereby reducing overdependence on one industry to feed families in the community.
The Australian High Commission is pleased to have partnered with the STARS Multipurpose Cooperative on this initiative.
Flower Growers of St. Lucia benefit from Direct Aid Program
A facilitator collects baseline data from a participant
When the St. Lucia Coalition of Services Limited approached the Australian High Commission for a funding grant under its Direct Aid Program, few knew the impact that this funding would have on St. Lucia\'s burgeoning exotic flowers export market. A six-part training programme, the project married agricultural and horticultural experts with flower growers across the island. Between site visits to evaluate crops, pests, harvesting and planting techniques and packaging of product for market, training workshops attended by several hundred small farmers held over a six-month period built a framework for economic resilience, entrepreneurship and innovation that is anticipated will impact the St. Lucia economy very positively in the coming years.
A facilitator explains the process for packaging flowers
The project\'s main goal was to bring the St. Lucia Floral Co-operative Society on par with global industry standards thereby securing and developing on existing and potential markets. With the sector identified as a key growth sector, this project increased the capacity of producers to enhance the economic strength and stability of the industry and support the agricultural diversification of the St. Lucian economy.
Flowers being packaged for export
To read more about the project click here.
DAP in Focus
From left: YUTE Lens Support programme participants Hodrick Miller, Terri-Ann Carnegie, Hakeem Barrett, and Trace Lynch joined Tyrone Wilson, President and CEO of eMedia Interactive (centre)
On Friday 25 April 2014, eMedia Interactive Limited and the Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) officially launched YUTE Lens Support. The launch was held at the University of Technology\'s Technology Innovation Centre (ITC). Led by eMedia CEO, Tyrone Wilson, the 10-week programme is partly funded by the Australian High Commission\'s Direct Aid programme and will offer training in different aspects of film.
For more information about this project, click here.
Australian Government Funding changing lives for women with Cervical Cancer in Grenada and Dominica
The Manager and President of the HCC recently returned from country visits to Grenada and Dominica where they were able to see first-hand how funds provided by the Australian Direct AID Program (managed by the HCC) are contributing to a coordinated multi-faceted community based response to cervical cancer.
In Grenada, prevention and advocacy are the focus of the Grenada Cancer Society\'s sub project which has already produced a radio jingle to be launched nationally in March. A documentary featuring survivors of cervical cancer is currently under development and will shed light on the journey of women diagnosed with the disease in that country. Dr Barrymore Mc Barnette, a local physician and president of the GCS noted that a recent cervical cancer study revealed that cervical cancer related mortality is on the rise and attributed this to late screening, delayed treatment and limited treatment options in the island.
In addition to the jingle and documentary, the GCS is working with NGO partners and the Ministry of Health to develop evidence informed awareness materials to combat cervical cancer myths and encourage pap testing among women in rural areas. While in Grenada, the HCC was pleased to meet with the GCS Executive Board; the Minister of Health, Honourable Dr Clarice Modeste; Ms. Shere-ann Noel of CC-6 Television; and NCD NGOs, Planned Parenthood, Grenada National Organisation of Women, Central Health Grenada, and the Grenada Diabetes Association.
In Dominica, the focus is on meeting some of the treatment needs of underserved women diagnosed with cervical cancer. The Dominica Cancer Society is working in partnership with the local hospital oncologist Dr Malaka to provide treatment vouchers for women with greatest need. The project is also highly collaborative with community partners and the Ministry of Health, supporting the development of educational materials and the training of outreach volunteers which will serve to expand the work of the DCS in this area. Tina Alexander of the Executive Board remarked that the \'side effects\' of the project have been so positive - including strengthening the capacity of the DCS around cervical cancer, creating new partnerships, and building the operational capacity of the organisation with the purchase of much needed equipment. Vinna Royer, Ex-President and member noted that membership in the HCC has allowed the DCS to cultivate critical partnerships with CSOs across the Caribbean including the Cancer Institute of Guyana (also a sub-grantee on this project) where DCS has referred cervical cancer patients for treatment.
High Commissioner Ross Tysoe, AO also visited the Dominica Cancer Society during his visit to the Commonwealth of Dominica during February 2014. During his visit he was able to meet with the leadership team of the Dominica Cancer Society and discuss the impact of the ongoing collaboration as well as areas for future engagement.
Direct Aid Program (DAP)
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities available to most CARICOM countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships.
DAP Recipients 2013-14
- C’AC’ALENEL CAR SA NIMA (River Fish Protectors): Engaging Q\'eqchi\' Maya Women in Organic Backyard Gardening at San Miguel
COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA
- STARS Multipurpose Cooperative Society - Castle Bruce: STARS Food Security Project
- Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities (DALCA): Enhanced Community Capacity and Preparedness
- Gouyave Fish Friday Festival Co. Ltd: Gouyave Fish Friday Festival (GFFF) Enhancement Project
- The Community Based Rehabilitation Programme: Special Needs Disability Health Care
- The Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) Limited – Jamaica: Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) Lens Support Programme
ST. CHRISTOPHER (KITTS) & NEVIS
- Project Strong: Wood Work Skills Training at Project Strong
- Angelisa Davis - Newton Ground Initiative: Mama Earth Caribbean Taste
- The Saint Lucia Small Ruminants Co-operative Society Limited: Productivity Enhancement for Small Ruminant Farmers through the Introduction of Purebred Breeding Stock
- The Saint Lucia Pineapple Co-operative Society Limited: Institutional Support to the Saint Lucia Pineapple Cooperative Society in Saint Lucia
- The Saint Lucia Floral Co-operative Society Limited: Technical Assistance to the Cut Flower Industry in St. Lucia
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
- VINSAVE - Developing Economic Sustainability and Training and Development of Rural Women in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- The Stichting Maria Internaat: Suriname’s Female Youth Poverty Alleviating Square Foot Gardening Project
- Healthy Heart Coalition (Multi-country): Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI)”:
- Guyana, and
DAP Recipients 2012-13
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
- Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society: Preventing the Spread of HIV & AIDS Amoung Our Youth - a "Together We Can" based approach
- HUMANA People to People Belize: Empowering Women Through Income-Generating Activities
COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA
- Charlotte\'s Nursery School: Fencing and Renovation of Charlotte\'s Nursery School
- Kalinago Council: Bataca Water Supply Project
- Pointe/Salybia Development Committee: Repairs to the Tunubuku Reference Library
- St David\'s RC Church: Restoration of the Marian House
- Mt Airy Community Centre: Construction of Upper Level for use by the Mt Airy Young Readers\' Programme
- Grenada National Organization of Women (GNOW): Basic Carpentry and Joinery Training for Impoverished Women
- St Theresa\'s RC School: Completion of Playing Field
- GRENCODA: Upgrading GRENCODA\'s Physical Operating Space and Computer Lab
- GRENSAVE: Women and Youth Income Generating Project
- Sherwin Fraser: Literacy and Numeracy Intervention Programme for Children with Learning Difficulties
- Spanish Town Citizens Against Gun Violence: Spanish Town Steel Band
ST. CHRISTOPHER (KITTS) & NEVIS
- The Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum: Procurement of Shade House for the Charlestown Secondary School
- Tucker-Clarke Primary School: Brighter Sparks Library/Resource Centre
- Royal St Kitts and Nevis Police Force: Police Junior Drum Corps Enhancement
- Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College: Design and Construction of Solar System and Water Catchment
- Voices of Women, Nevis Inc: "Second Chance" Teen Mothers Program
- The Salvation Army: Motivating Young Minds Through Interactive Learning and a Safe Environment
- St Lucia Crisis Centre Corporation: Educational Support and Capacity-Building - Ione Erlinger-Forde Education Project
- Canaries Estate: Canaries Estate Agro-Tourism Project
- Sacred Sports Foundation: Learn, Work and Lead - A Youth Employment Training and Social Development Programme
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
- Rainbow Unique Nursery & Pre-School: Early Childhood Development and Building Renovation Project
- Women in Agriculture for Rural Development (WARD): Promoting Small Vegetable Farm Production
- Medical Relief Association: Primary Health Screening and Education
- The Caribbean Institute: Protected Organic Horticulture and Adaptation to Climate Change
- WINAD - Regional: Arms Trade Treaty Workshop
Photos from various Programs 2012-2013
Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College - St Kitts and Nevis: Design and Construction of Solar System and Water Catchment
St Lucia Crisis Centre Corporation - St Lucia: Educational Support and Capacity-Building - Ione Erlinger-Forde Education Project
Royal St Kitts and Nevis Police Force - St Kitts and Nevis: Police Junior Drum Corps Enhancement