What is the Direct Aid Program?
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government. The program aims to support projects with a strong development focus, which contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.
Who can apply?
DAP is available to individuals, community groups, civil society groups, NGOs, local government organisations and other entities engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
Projects in Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname are eligible for funding.
When can I apply?
Applications for DAP in 2018-19 are now closed. Applications for DAP in 2019-20 will open later in 2019. Stay tuned for more information.
What activities are eligible for DAP support?
DAP activities should achieve 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. Preference will be given to projects:
- in the areas of community health, rural development, capacity building, education, sport, gender equality, disabilities, youth, human rights, the environment, agriculture, small-scale infrastructure, economic empowerment, disaster management and humanitarian relief
- where applicants and their communities make a contribution to the success of the project (e.g. labour, materials, transport or cash)
- that enhance educational and cultural exchanges and people-to-people links
- that are achievable and have sustainable outcomes
- that provide educational or occupational/skills training
- The High Commission will generally NOT fund the following:
- cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money
- start-up enterprises/commercial ventures
- purchases of major assets e.g. vehicles, tractors, refrigerators, photocopiers
- purchases of computers and other items which are easily stolen (cameras, laptops)
- Australian or overseas study tours
- conferences or hotel accommodation
- international travel (except for capacity building by experts, on a case-by-case basis)
- sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit
- staff salaries and other routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts and routine maintenance
How can I apply?
All DAP applications must be submitted through Smartygrants, an online grants management system. Smartygrants operates on a web-based platform and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.
To complete your DAP application, everything you need to know is contained in the following documents:
How are applications assessed?
The High Commission’s DAP Committee assesses applications against the following criteria:
- the costs and the development benefits of the project
- whether it has achievable and sustainable outcomes
- the soundness of the project's objectives and design
- the practicability of the proposed implementation arrangements
- whether the project conforms to the objectives of DAP
- During this process, the High Commission may ask the applicant for more information.
What do I do if I need help?
If you have any questions while completing your application, please contact the High Commission on +1 868 822 5450 or at email@example.com during business hours. Please include your application number, if relevant, in your email subject.
DAP 2017-18 Recipients
The Australian High Commission in Port of Spain is pleased to announce the DAP recipients for 2017-18. A total of 39 projects were funded in ten ODA-eligible countries in the Caribbean.
Water and sanitation, health, agriculture, coral reefs, climate change, disaster relief and capacity building were among the thematic areas of focus. We congratulate all recipients.
Antigua and Barbuda
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - Support for the people from Barbuda affected by Hurricane Irma
- Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute [CARDI] – Antigua attendance – St Kitts and Nevis Landcare Conference - Sustainable Farming through Landcare Management
- Gilbert Agricultural & Rural Development Center [GARD Centre] - Increasing Sustainable Livelihoods for Vulnerable Youth
- Laguna Village Council - Promoting Handwashing Practices Through Handwashing Stations
- National Garifuna Council - Cassava Processing Demonstration Centre – Bathrooms and Cultivation of Cassava
- Adopt a Child with Disability - Physical Therapy for Children with Disabilities
- Ya'axché Conservation Trust - Establishment of demonstration plots of Inga Alley Cropping System within the Maya Golden Landscape in southern Belize
- Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities [DALCA] - Post Hurricane Maria Relief
- Achievement Learning Centre - Enhancement to Learning Centre
- Dominica Red Cross Society - Promoting Reliable Post-Disaster Emergency Communications
- Northeast Farmers Organisation (NEFO) - Establishing buffer zones for health watersheds while enhancing livelihood for NEFO Farmers
- Carriacou Fisher Folks Inc - Feed D Future - Deployment of FAD Farms at designated coordinates and training of fishers to realize sustainable fishing and livelihoods
- Kido Foundation Inc - Two Islands - Climate Change Awareness Puppet Theatre Play
- Grace Lutheran Church of Grenada Inc. - Aquaponics in Grenada
- Family, Awareness, Consciousness, Togetherness [FACT] - Poverty Alleviation Through Education and Skills
- RE NEW T&T - RE NEW ST Cuthbert Mission – Replacement of solar power system for community water pump
- Special Needs for Life - Jawari Ranch Water & Rural Developmental Project
- Comforting Hearts - Improving knowledge of rights to protection from Gender-Based Violence through community-based awareness
- Hope for All - Community Enhancement Service Outreach Project
- Mining Symposium - Towards a Green Development Strategy, ensuring decent work environments for Artisanal (pick and shovel) and Small Miners
- Organization for Development to Northeast [ODNE] - Sanitation and Food Security
- Hope Health Action - Improving Neonatal Care through Upgrading Vital Equipment
- Instituto para la Autogestión y el Desarrollo de Base [INADEB} - Sustainable use of natural resources through an agro-ecological production model with women’s’ groups, on both sides of the El Valle cross-border region
- SOS Children's Village - Development Through Art, Music and Education
- Council of Voluntary Social Services - Improved Foot Care for persons living with diabetes
- Montego Bay Marine Park Trust - Stewards of Creation Reef Guardians Phase 11
- Jamaica Cancer Society - Cervical Cancer Prevention Control and Community Engagement
- EarthStrong Agro NGO - Promoting Opportunities for women and youth through sustainable land management using new technologies
- Mon Repos Youth & Sports Club - Community Jumps Centre - Pole Vault Setup
- Rockets Athletic Club - Track and Field Development Program
- National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities Inc. - The Wheelchair Repair Workshop
- Belle Vue Farmers' Cooperative - Capacity Development and Institutional Strengthening of the Belle Vue Farmers’ Cooperative to Enhance Food Security
- St. Lucia Civil Service Workers Multi-purpose Cooperative Society Ltd – Increasing food security through the introduction of Backyard Aquaponics to Cooperative members
St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Eastern Caribbean Trading Development Organisation [ECTAD] - Small Farmer Families Production and Marketing
- Intermediate High School - Intermediate High School Wind Ensemble
- Marion House - Empowering rural and urban youth through life and practical skills for individual sustainability
- Stichting Dierenbescherming Suriname - Sewer System Stray Animal Shelter
- IICA - Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture - Increasing access to potable water for hinterland communities in Suriname through the establishment of rain water harvesting systems - Phase II
- Stichting Support Recycling Suriname - Suriname Clean! Upper Suriname Region
DAP 2016-17 Recipients
The Australian High Commission in Port of Spain is pleased to announce the DAP recipients for 2016-17. A total of 36 projects (including one multi-country project), were funded in nine ODA-eligible countries in the Caribbean.
Water and sanitation, health, agriculture, coral reefs, climate change and capacity building were among the thematic areas of focus. We congratulate all recipients.
- Humana People to People Belize - Girls' and Mothers' Clubs
- Laguna Village Council - Improving Health and Environmental Conditions
- Na’lu’um Cacao - Toledo Maya Women’s Cacao Nurseries
- National Garifuna Council - Cassava Processing Demonstrating Centre
- *Belize Cancer Society (HCC sub-grantee) - Empowering Indigenous Communities to Fight Cervical Cancer (Multi-country project)
- Dominica Save the Children - School Social Work Support Program
- Achievement Learning Centre - Enhancement of Learning Environment
- Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities [DALCA] - Building Capacity for Sustainability of Vulnerable Communities
- West Dominica Children's Federation - Climate Smart Small Scale Agriculture
- *Dominica Cancer Society (HCC sub-grantee) - Empowering Indigenous Communities to Fight Cervical Cancer(Multi-country project
- St Mary's Junior School - Improving Agricultural Production
- Grenada Citizen Advice and Small Business Agency [GRENCASE] - Boat Repair and Maintenance
- Clozier Belvidere Community Group - Clozier/Belvidere Climate Change Education
- Special Needs for Life - Kuma Water Conservation, Health and Sanitation
- Comforting Hearts - Reducing and Preventing Gender Based Violence
- Guyana Women Miners Organisation - Trafficking in Persons, Sensitization, Rescue and Advocacy
- Express Guyana - The Performing Arts Project
- Family Awareness Consciousness Togetherness [FACT] - Making a Difference
- Special Needs for Life - Funding of Waramadong Water Conservation
- *Cancer Institute of Guyana (HCC sub-grantee) - Empowering Indigenous Communities to Fight Cervical Cancer (Multi-country project)
- Plan International Haiti - Funding Response to Hurricane Matthew
- Organization for Development to Northeast [ODNE] - Water Pumps Sanitation
- Eastwood Gardens Youth for Progress - Cassia Park Recycling Plastic Bottles
- Jamaica 4H Clubs - School Gardens Development
- Reef Ecologic - Coral Reef Symposium
- Oracabessa Fish Sanctuary - Increasing Food Security and Climate Change Resilience
- SOS Children’s' Village - Development Through Art, Music and Education
- Multicare Foundation - Art on the Street/Art as Therapy
- Sacred Sports – chAMPS (Enhancing the Lives of Amputees)
- Mon Repos Sports Council - Youth High Jump and Hurdles
- University of Canberra - Sports Symposium
- St Lucia National Trust - Supporting Seamoss Farming
St Vincent and the Grenadines
- St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College - Waste Management Project
- Green Hill Sport and Cultural Club - Hard Court Lighting Project
- Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) - Promoting Technology in Permaculture
- Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) - Improving Access to Potable Water - Brokopondo.
- Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) - Improving Access to Potable Water in Hinterland Communities
- Stichting Support Recycling Suriname (SuReSur) - Plastic Bottles for Recycling in Wanica