The Australian High Commission has announced Direct Aid Program (DAP) to support projects that have a strong development focus, contribute to poverty reduction, and strengthen communities in India.
The Australian High Commission’s DAP program operates on the Australian financial year, which runs from 1 July to 30 June.
The Australian High Commission New Delhi manages the DAP in northern India. It supports projects that have a strong development focus, contribute to poverty reduction, and strengthen communities in India.
DAP activities should aim to achieve practical and tangible outcomes of high development impact.
Under Australia-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, both the countries are committed towards building a prosperous, open and stable post COVID-19 world by promoting inclusive global and regional institutions and engagements that promote stability, innovation and economic and social security based on shared interests.
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DAP funding is available on a not-for-profit basis to NGOs and academic institutions engaged in development activities.
DAP 2021-22 will support developmental initiatives (across the sub-themes below) that have long-term, sustainable outcomes, thus reaffirming Australia and India’s mutual understanding, trust, common interests and the shared values on democracy and rule of law:
a) Education, innovation & entrepreneurship;
b) Gender equality;
c) Agricultural productivity and Water;
d) Public Administration and Governance.
DAP welcomes projects that also consider immediate COVID-19 relief, rehabilitation and response measures as well as focus on health and disability inclusion within the above priority themes.
The Australian High Commission in New Delhi supports small-scale, sustainable development projects in north India.
States covered by the Australian High Commission in New Delhi: Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Grants are typically provided up to 20 Lakh INR. The majority of grant funding must be used to cover the direct project expenses (excluding staff salaries).
For projects in India, applicants must have current Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) registration and the applications should be in line with its latest Amendment Rules. Funding recipients must meet some of the project costs from their own funds or in-kind support.
Projects should be self-contained, with finite timelines.
Except in exceptional circumstances and only with prior approval, the projects may run for no longer than 12 months and should be self-sustainable beyond the term of the grant.
Applications are usually reviewed through a one-stage process wherein all applicants are encouraged to submit a full application in the format available on SmartyGrants. Information on FCRA registration and financial audit statements for the previous two years is mandatory for all applicants.
All DAP applications must be submitted through our online grants management system SmartyGrants. The portal operates on a web-based platform and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.
The 2021-22 DAP Application Round will close on Friday, 5 November 2021.
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