Australian High Commission
High Commission address: 1/50 G Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021 - Telephone: +91-11-4139 9900, Fax: +91-11-4149 4490

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

Our 2014-15 DAP application round is now closed. The 2015-16 DAP application round will open later this year.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) provides small grants for activities that support development and strengthen communities in India and Bhutan. It also builds linkages between Australia and communities in India and Bhutan.

The High Commission in New Delhi, alongside Consulate-Generals in Chennai and Mumbai, support small-scale, sustainable development projects in India and Bhutan with grants typically up to 10 lakh INR or BTN equivalent. The Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai is responsible for the DAP program in Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The Australian Consulate-General in Chennai is responsible for the DAP program in Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu. The Australian High Commission New Delhi is responsible for the DAP program for Bhutan, and all Indian states and territories not otherwise covered by the Australian Consulates in Mumbai and Chennai.

Over the past decade, the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program has funded over 190 projects in India and Bhutan, distributing over Rs 10 crore to support small-scale sustainable development projects. Below are some examples of past projects funded by the Australian High Commission New Delhi:

Etasha Society
To help bridge the gap for young people between education and employment, the High Commission provided Etasha Society with a DAP grant in 2013-14 to support the establishment of a vocational training centre in the Kundesar region of Uttar Pradesh. This centre will enable Etasha Society to provide computer-aided vocational training and formal sector placement to 520 youth, helping them into full time employment.

Social Action for Human Resource Development (SOHARD)
The Australian High Commission provided funding that will provide solar power and end-user training to 72 off-grid households in Alwar District, Rajasthan. The electrification of these households will help 360 beneficiaries.

Madhyam Foundation
Australian High Commission funding in 2013-14 will enable the construction of diversion based irrigation systems in two villages in the Nayagarh district of Odisha. These two systems will allow over 200 people to access year round irrigation in a cost effective manner and diversify the crops they grow. The project was organised by Madhyam Foundation in direct response to a request from the local community.

This website provides information on how to apply for grant funds under the Direct Aid Program in India. It is important to send your application to the appropriate mission – contact details provided below.

What sort of projects do we fund?

We welcome high quality applications that will support development and strengthen communities in India and Bhutan across all sectors.
While we always seek a diversity of projects, this year we are especially looking for some projects that will support development through:
- Helping the poor achieve sustainable livelihoods
- Women’s economic empowerment and greater access for women and girls to education
- Enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.

Regardless of the type of project, all applicants should consider the impact of the project on women, children or other disadvantaged groups, such as people with disabilities.

The proposal should contain measurable performance indicators.

Projects should be self-sustainable. Applications should demonstrate a commitment on the part of local authorities and/or beneficiaries to implement and sustain the project beyond the term of the grant. You must demonstrate the ability to meet ongoing costs of the project or program after the term of the grant.

Recipients of DAP funds are expected to make a reasonable contribution of their own to the activity in either cash and/or kind. The type and level of contribution must be indicated in the project proposal.

Who is eligible to apply? 

DAP funding is available to individuals, community groups, academic institutions and NGOs engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
For project proposals in India: To receive a DAP grant, all organisations must have current Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) approval. Information about obtaining FCRA approval can be found here.

What funds are available and how can they be used?

Grants are typically provided up to a maximum of Rs 10 Lakh and at least 90 percent of the value of the grant must directly benefit the target community. Grant funds cannot be used to pay NGO staff salaries, and only a small margin (less than 10 percent) can be allocated to NGO running expenses. Partner organisations must meet some of the project costs with their own funds or in-kind support.
Organisations are allowed to submit more than one project proposal in one funding round.

How long can the project run for?

A DAP grant must be fully expended within one year of receipt.

Expectations for accountability, transparency and reporting

We require a high degree of transparency and accountability in any project. Proposals must demonstrate that the risk of wastage, administration costs and other costs not delivering direct benefit to the target community will be minimised.
Should you be successful, you will be required to:
• Sign a contract with us specifying the terms and conditions of the grant
• Provide an electronic copy of your application
• Keep full financial records of all expenditure (including receipts)
• Submit a progress report within six months of receiving your funding and
• Submit a full financial report on completion of the project
• Where possible, allow and facilitate a visit by Australian representatives to the project site.

The completion and timeliness of this reporting is essential.

What DAP funds cannot be used for

DAP funds cannot be used to directly fund micro credit schemes.
Grant funds cannot be used to fund salaries of NGO staff. Less than 10 percent of the grant can be used to cover administrative costs for the program, including for example, electricity bills or office rental.
The funds can only be utilised for purposes agreed upon by the DAP grant recipient and us. If your project changes as it is implemented any reallocation of grant funds must be submitted to the respective DAP Committee for re-approval. Unused funds must be returned at the end of the project.
No additional funds will be provided for the same project year on year.
Building or construction related projects should meet Australian standards. Asbestos must not be used as a building or construction material.

How can we apply?

Please fill in the below application form and send in hardcopy to the appropriate Australian mission in India.

Direct Aid Program - Application Form 2014-15

In your application, please take time to:
• Clearly explain the objectives of the project and who will benefit
• Provide a clear description of how the project will be implemented
• Detail what practical experience your organisation has in successfully implementing similar projects
• Provide a clear, itemised budget of realistic and reasonable costs
• Include contact details (including e-mail addresses) of referees and previous donors who can speak positively and knowledgably about your organisation
• Explain how you will acknowledge the source of funding (you may allocate a small amount of funding to help badge your program as Australian Government funded, e.g. stamping donated books or media outreach)

If the project is in Goa, Gujarat or Maharashtra, hardcopy applications should be directed to the Australian Consulate in Mumbai:
Chairperson, Direct Aid Program
Australian Consulate
Level 10, A Wing
Crescenzo Building
Opp MCA Cricket Club
G Block, Plot C 38-39
Bandra Kurla Complex
Mumbai 400 051


If the project is in Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry or Tamil Nadu, hardcopy applications should be directed to the Australian Consulate in Chennai:
Chairperson, Direct Aid Program
Australian Consulate
9th Floor, Express Chambers
Express Avenue Estate
Whites Road
Chennai 600014

The New Delhi High Commission funds projects in Bhutan, and all states and territories in India other than those covered by Australia’s Consulates in Mumbai and Chennai.

Hardcopy applications should be directed to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi:

Chairperson, Direct Aid Program
Australian High Commission
1/50 - G, Shantipath
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 21
P.O. Box 5210
New Delhi 110021


Applications sent to the wrong location may not be reviewed.

 How will I find out if my application is successful?

We receive a high volume of excellent quality applications and we take the time to consider the merits of each.

Only those organisations whose projects are short listed will be contacted. If you have not heard from us within eight months of the 2014-2015 application deadline, please consider your application unsuccessful.