Australian Government Direct Aid Program 2023-2024

Deadline: 12th of August 2023

The Australian Embassy is accepting applications for its Direct Aid Program (DAP), which will provide funding for projects in its accredited nations in Africa.

The DAP assists national and local NGOs, civil society groups, and other grassroots organizations working in African nations. The program’s objective is to assist initiatives that complement Australia’s larger aid goals, promote human rights and sustainable economic growth, and lessen poverty.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed through the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) overseas diplomatic missions. DAP activities should achieve direct, practical, tangible, and immediate high-impact development outcomes for beneficiary communities. Priority thematic areas for the 2023-24 DAP year include:

  • Gender equality, empowerment of women and social inclusion,
  • poverty alleviation and rural development,
  • Environmental protection and climate change,
  • Human rights and governance,
  • Healthcare,
  • Education, and
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)


To be considered for the Direct Aid Program 2023, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be NGOs, civil society organisations and other not-for-profit organisations in the eligible countries of accreditation in Africa.
  • Applicants engaging in development and human rights activities in the Embassy’s countries of accreditation.


Interested applicants for the Australian Government Direct Aid Program are to complete an online application on or before the application deadline. Applicants are encouraged to read the DAP Guidelines before proceeding to complete the application.

Click here to apply 

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