Direct Aid Program (DAP)

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget and managed through 66 of the department’s overseas posts. 

The DAP is founded on the following principles:

DAP is administered through Australia's overseas diplomatic posts on an annual (1 July – 30 June financial year) basis. In 2014-15 the total DAP budget is $22 million.

DAP is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, community groups, NGOs and other entities engaged in development activities in countries that are eligible for overseas development assistance. The program focuses on supporting small-scale development projects and activities that involve the beneficiaries in the identification, design and management of the projects.

The table below sets out the Australian diplomatic posts which have received DAP allocations in 2014-15, and the countries in which these posts administer the program.

DAP-eligible countries
Region Administering post Eligible countries / Territories
* The host country does not receive DAP funds

Africa

Abuja (Nigeria) Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, The Gambia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Niger, Chad
Accra (Ghana) Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Ethiopia, Djibouti
Cairo (Egypt) Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan, Syria
Harare (Zimbabwe) Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Lisbon (Portugal)* Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe
Paris (France)* Central African Republic, Chad, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria
Nairobi (Kenya) Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan
Madrid (Spain)* Equatorial Guinea
Port Louis (Mauritius) Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles
Pretoria (South Africa) Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland

Latin America and the Caribbean

Brasilia (Brazil) Brazil
Buenos Aires (Argentina) Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
Lima (Peru) Peru, Bolivia
Mexico City (Mexico) Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama
Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname
Santiago de Chile (Chile) Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela
South and Central Asia Colombo (Sri Lanka) Maldives, Sri Lanka
Dhaka (Bangladesh) Bangladesh
Islamabad (Pakistan) Pakistan
Kabul (Afghanistan) Afghanistan
Kathmandu (Nepal) Nepal
Moscow (Russia)* Tajikistan
New Delhi (India) India, Bhutan
Mumbai, Chennai (India) India
South East Asia Bangkok (Thailand) Thailand
Dili (East Timor) East Timor
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) Vietnam
Jakarta, Bali (Indonesia) Indonesia
Manila (Philippines) Philippines
Phnom Penh (Cambodia) Cambodia
Rangoon (Burma) Burma
Vientiane (Laos) Laos
The Pacific Apia (Samoa) Samoa
Honiara (Solomon Islands) Solomon Islands
Nauru (Nauru) Nauru
Noumea (New Caledonia) Wallis and Futuna
Nuku'alofa (Tonga) Tonga
Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia) Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau
Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
Port Vila (Vanuatu) Vanuatu
Suva (Fiji) Fiji, Tuvalu
Tarawa (Kiribati) Kiribati
Wellington (NZ) Cook Is, Niue

Middle East

Amman (Jordan) Jordan
Baghdad (Iraq) Iraq
Beirut (Lebanon) Lebanon
Cairo (Egypt) Egypt, Syria,
Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) Palestinian Territories
Tehran (Iran) Iran
Malta Tunisia
Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) Yemen
Europe Ankara (Turkey) Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey
Belgrade (Serbia) Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia
Canakkale (Turkey) Turkey
Rome (Italy)* Albania
Vienna (Austria)* Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo
Warsaw (Poland)* Ukraine
North Asia Beijing (China) China
Seoul (Republic of Korea)* Mongolia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Global New York (UN) ODA-eligible countries
Geneva (UN) ODA-eligible countries
Geneva (WTO) ODA-eligible countries
Vienna (UN) ODA-eligible countries

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

Further details of DAP policy and procedures are provided in the General Guidelines.