Australian Embassy

Direct Aid Program


Direct Aid Program

What is the Direct Aid Program (DAP)?

DAP is a small grants program funded by Australia's aid budget. It supports local communities on projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia's national interest.

What does DAP fund?

DAP projects cover a range of sectors such as education, health, water and sanitation, environmental protection, women's empowerment and gender equality, supporting people with disabilities, economic livelihoods, food security and human rights.

How do I apply for DAP funding?

DAP rounds open periodically throughout the year.  Follow us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter to keep up to date on our funding rounds and for information on how to apply.

Who can apply for DAP funding?

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.

What activities are not eligible for DAP funding?

  • Organisations that are not based in Brazil;
  • Grants programs run by other governments or organisations;
  • Micro-credit schemes or any other project that involves return of money or loans for cash;
  • Commercial ventures;
  • Direct support for governments
  • Recurrent costs.


Can the Australian Embassy provide donations or monetary contributions?

The Embassy cannot provide donations or monetary contributions outside of our regular funding rounds. Please click here to learn more about applying for DAP funding.


How can I learn more?

Find out more about DAP at this link, or follow us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter to learn about our current projects.