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.

Projects must have a tangible developmental outcome for a specific disadvantaged group of people. In the 2022-23 round, priority will be given to proposals that contribute to:

  • Environmental sustainability, particularly the prevention of deforestation in the Amazon.
  • The social and economic empowerment of Brazil’s Indigenous people.
  • Improving the lives of Brazilian women, girls, and people with disabilities.

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:

  • North regions (Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins)
  • North-east regions (Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, and Sergipe)


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.



Applications for the 2022-23 DAP round have now closed. 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]