Australian Embassy

Direct Aid Program

Direct Aid Program : Information for Applicants



The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program offered by the Australia government and managed through Australia’s overseas posts. The program focuses on supporting small to medium-scale development projects in Brazil and activities that involve the beneficiaries in the identification, design, and management of the projects.



Funding is available on a not-for-profit basis to community groups, NGOs, educational institutions, and other non-government entities.

There is no minimum amount that a single DAP project can receive but the maximum is A$60,000 over the life of the project. Activities can run up to a maximum of two years.

We will seek to fund DAP projects in alignment with Brazil’s development priorities, which include improving the lives of poor and socially disadvantaged people, as well as Australia’s broader bilateral interests. This will mean a focus where possible on the following themes:

  • environment, including sustainable practices in agriculture, water and food security;
  • education, innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • improving the lives of women; and
  • promoting inclusive development (gender, race, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+).

Applications from all parts of Brazil will be considered on merit; however, we will seek to ensure that at least some projects operate in the poorer regions of:

  • Legal Amazon (Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins in the North Region; most of Mato Grosso in the Center-West Region and the western part of Maranhão in the Northeast Region).


If the project involves working with children, the organisation must have a current child protection policy or code of conduct to be eligible. For information on child protection policy, see:



The Embassy cannot provide donations or monetary contributions outside of our regular funding rounds.

We will generally NOT fund the following:

  • direct support for governments;
  • grants programs run by other governments or organisations;
  • cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money or loans for cash;
  • commercial ventures;
  • purchase of major assets, e.g., vehicles, boats;
  • Australian or overseas study tours;
  • sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit;
  • staff salaries (exceptions can be made for stipends/training or consultation fees paid specifically for a project activity);
  • routine, recurring or running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts, and routine maintenance.



At the moment, we have no scheduled date for new open calls for applications for DAP funding. For updates on our funding rounds, please follow the Embassy's social media pages linked below.



Find out more about DAP at this link, or follow us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter to keep up to date on our funding rounds and to learn about our current projects.



If you have any questions, please contact us through [email protected]