Australian High Commission
New Delhi
India, Bhutan

Direct Aid Program

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

Direct Aid Program (DAP) – New Delhi

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) provides small grants for activities that support development and strengthen communities in India and Bhutan. Over the past decade, DAP has built linkages and fostered relationships between Australia and these communities.

The Australian High Commission in New Delhi supports small-scale, sustainable development projects in north India and Bhutan, with grants typically up to 10 lakh INR or BTN equivalent. The Australian Consulate-Generals in Mumbai and Chennai are responsible for the DAP programs in central and south India.

Below are examples of past projects funded by the Australian High Commission in New Delhi:

Tamana (Delhi)
In 2014-15, the High Commission funded Tamana to upgrade the kitchen at their Nai Disha skill development centre. The upgrade included refurbishing the kitchen space and purchasing new kitchen equipment. The refurbished kitchen is being used to provide skills training to Nai Disha students in cooking, baking and business management. The training will prepare students for employment in hotels and restaurants, while also providing them with the necessary skills to establish their own small-scale business.

Shanti Sahyog (Delhi)
In 2014-15, the High Commission funded Shanti Sahyog to provide nurse assistant training to 120 women from Delhi’s slum communities. Training is conducted by a qualified doctor and at course completion trainees undertake one month placements in hospitals to gain practical, firsthand nursing experience. Shanti Sahyog is assisting trainees find jobs in hospitals and households.

Emmanuel Hospital Association (Uttarakhand)
In 2014-15, the High Commission funded the Emmanuel Hospital Association to run several capacity building workshops for approximately 1100 mental health caregivers and government and community-based mental health workers in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The workshops covered recognising, responding to, diagnosing, and managing mental health disorders, mental disability and behavioural issues, access to services and support, and caregiver support groups.

What sort of projects do we fund?
We welcome high quality applications that will support development and strengthen communities in north India and Bhutan across all sectors. While we always seek a diversity of projects, this year we are especially looking for projects that will support development through:

  • women and girls economic and social empowerment
  • enhancing the lives of people with disabilities
  • helping the poor achieve sustainable livelihoods
  • innovative and sustainable agricultural and water projects.

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.

Projects must run for no longer than 12 months and should be self-sustainable beyond the term of the grant.

Who is eligible to apply?
DAP funding is available to NGOs and academic institutions engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
Projects 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 10 Lakh INR or BTN equivalent. The majority of grant funding must be used to cover the direct project expenses (excluding staff salaries). Five percent of the grant can be allocated to administrative expenses required to deliver the project.

Grant funding can only be utilised for purposes agreed upon by the recipient and the Australian High Commission. If your project changes as it is implemented, approval for the reallocation of funding must be sought from the High Commission. Any unspent funds at completion of the project must be returned to the Australian High Commission.

Funding recipients must meet some of the project costs from their own funds or in-kind support.

Funding cannot be used to directly fund micro credit schemes or staff salaries.

Expectations for accountability, transparency and reporting
We require a high degree of transparency and accountability in all projects. 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 your project be successful, you will be required to:

  • sign a contract specifying the terms and conditions of the grant
  • keep full financial records of all expenditure, including receipts
  • submit a progress report within six months of receiving your funding
  • submit a final report at the project’s completion 
  • allow and facilitate a visit by Australian High Commission representatives to the project site.

How can we apply?
The Australian High Commission in New Delhi accepts project proposals for North India (see below for a list of states covered) and Bhutan. The 2015/16 application round is now closed. Applications for the 2016/17 round will open in the coming months. Queries concerning the New Delhi DAP program can be sent to [email protected].

States covered by the Australian High Commission in New Delhi: Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram. 

If the project is in Goa, Gujarat or Maharashtra, queries should be directed to the Australian Consulate in Mumbai at [email protected]

If the project is in Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry or Tamil Nadu, queries should be directed to the Australian Consulate in Chennai at [email protected]

How will I find out if my project proposal is successful?
We receive a high volume of correspondence and while we endeavour to reply to all, we cannot guarantee a response. If you have not heard from us within one month of submitting your project proposal, please consider your proposal unsuccessful.