Australian High Commission

The Direct Aid Program (DAP)

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Australian High Commission in Funafuti. DAP aims to support small-scale projects with a strong development focus that complement Australia’s broader aid program. 

DAP is available to individuals, community groups and NGOs engaged in development activities, in designated countries, on a not-for-profit basis. The program is aimed primarily at supporting small-scale development projects/activities that involve beneficiaries in the identification, design and management of the projects. Attention is given to projects providing direct benefits to those most in need in the local community, including vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, children and youth.

Eligible activities may include:

  • Community health
  • Conferences and training activities
  • Cultural and Sporting activities
  • Education
  • Environmental development
  • Gender equality
  • Rural development
  • Sanitation
  • Small Scale infrastructure

Important note: DAP program and application requirements can change from year-to-year. Please do not rely on information that does not appear on this website or that you did not receive directly from the High Commission.


When can I apply?

The DAP is currently closed, please check back next year.

How will applications be assessed?

After the submission deadline, the DAP Committee will assess the applications against the following criteria:

  • the costs and the development benefits of the project;
  • whether it has achievable and sustainable outcomes;
  • the soundness of the project's objectives and design;
  • the practicability of the proposed implementation arrangements, and;
  • whether the project conforms to the objectives of the Direct Aid Program.

During this process, we may ask the applicant for more information.

How can I apply?

All applications for the DAP must be submitted through Smartygrants, our online grants management system. Smartygrants operates on a web-based platform and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.

What do I do if I need help?

If you have any questions while completing your application, please contact us via email at [email protected]. Make sure to include your application number in your email subject.