Funding schemes for non-government organisations

Funding schemes for non-government organisations (NGOs) aim to provide or supplement funding for NGOs to implement development, relief and rehabilitation activities in developing countries.

A program of NGO activity funding (NGO scheme) may be agreed between the Australian Government and a partner government as a suitable contribution to the aid program's strategy in that country. NGO funding schemes also contribute to the global reach of Australian aid. Ways that NGOs can access funding from the Australian Government include the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and the Direct Aid Program.

Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)

The ANCP is DFAT’s largest single support mechanism for accredited Australian non-government organisations (NGOs). The ANCP is an annual grants program that provides funding to accredited Australian NGOs to deliver community development projects in developing countries. Australian NGOs funded under the ANCP must pass a rigorous accreditation process that assesses their governance, program management capacity, and risk and partner management.

The ANCP is overseen by the NGO Program Section in the NGOs and Volunteers Branch; and engages with Posts on public diplomacy opportunities and reviewing and monitoring ANCP projects.

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Funding to developing country NGOs

NGOs in developing countries may be able to access funding through the Direct Aid Program (DAP).

Most Australian overseas missions in recognised developing countries have limited funding to support the work of NGOs and local organisations to undertake aid activities.

The DAP is overseen by the Ambassador or High Commissioner and supports projects in line with the strategic plan on the Australian Embassy or High Commission. Special attention is given to projects providing direct benefits to those most in need, including concerning gender issues, children and other disadvantaged groups, and to projects with environmental benefits.

There is a range of approaches for sourcing applications, according to local circumstances. Some Embassies or High Commissions may conduct annual application rounds, while others may respond to requests on a more case-by-case basis. On occasions particular communities may be invited to identify a project.

Eligible activities are normally implemented over a relatively short period of time, not more than two years. Examples of areas where grants may be given are: community health, education, small scale infrastructure, sanitation, and rural development. In certain cases, consideration may be given to contributions to disaster relief operations, activities of cultural significance and sporting equipment for disadvantaged communities.

Applications should be directed to, and are considered at the Australian Embassy or High Commission. Intending applicants should contact the relevant Australian Embassy or High Commission for details of the application process for the country in which the project is to be undertaken.

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Last Updated: 18 June 2014