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Funding to developing country NGOs

There are two funding schemes which NGOs in developing countries may be able to access for funding—the Direct Aid Program (DAP) and Small Activities Scheme (SAS).

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 goal of the SAS is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and the achievement of sustainable development through small scale interventions.

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 one year. 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 reviewed: 1 November, 2013