Australian Consulate-General
Mumbai, India

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

Direct Aid Program (DAP) – Mumbai

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) provides small grants for activities that support development and strengthen communities in India. Over the past decade, DAP has built linkages and fostered relationships between Australia and these communities.

The Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai supports small-scale, sustainable development projects in Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa, with grants typically up to 10 lakh INR.

Below are examples of past projects funded by the Consulate-General in Mumbai:

Apnalaya, Parivartan (Mumbai)

In 2015-16, The Australian Consulate-General funded Apnalaya to implement a sports intervention program (using a local sport, kabaddi) for underprivileged girls. The program – Parivartan – a 15-month program which will work with 100 girls, as well as the parents of the children enrolled in the program and 10 mentors from the community, to bring about social changes. The project aims to enhance the girls’ self-esteem, and lead to greater attendance at school and a reduction in child marriage.

Australian Consul General, Mark Pierce, with the girls from the Parivarthan

SNEHA (Mumbai)

In 2015-16, the Australian Consulate-General funded SNEHA, with the support of DAP, a child health and nutrition program known as Aahar. This program focused on reducing malnutrition amongst children between the ages of zero to three from underprivileged communities living in the slums of Dharavi, Mumbai.

Australian Consul General, Mark Pierce, with the community workers from SNEHA in Dharavi


What sort of projects do we fund?

We welcome high quality applications that will support development and strengthen communities in Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa across all sectors. While we always seek a diversity of projects, this year we are especially looking for projects that will support development through:

  • economic and social empowerment of women and girls
  • health & sanitation
  • enhancing the lives of people with disabilities
  • helping the poor achieve sustainable livelihood

Regardless of the type of project, all applicants should consider the impact of the project on women, children or other disadvantaged groups, such as people with disabilities. Projects should be self-sustainable beyond the term of the grant.

Who is eligible to apply?

DAP funding is available to NGOs and academic institutions engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.

Projects in India - to receive a DAP grant, all organisations must have current Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) approval. Information about obtaining FCRA approval can be found here.

What funds are available and how can they be used?

Grants are typically provided up to 10 Lakh INR. The majority of grant funding must be used to cover the direct project expenses. Funding cannot be used to directly fund micro credit schemes, salaries, recurring costs (including office rental and utility costs), routine maintenance, repairs (including equipment such as computer, stoves, fridges etc), travel and the purchase of major assets such as property or vehicles and commercial ventures.

Ten percent of the grant can be allocated to administrative expenses required to deliver the project.

Grant funding can only be utilised for purposes agreed upon by the recipient and the Australian Consulate-General. If your project changes as it is implemented, approval for the reallocation of funding must be sought from the Australian Consulate-General. Any unspent funds at completion of the project must be returned to the Australian Consulate-General.

Funding recipients must meet some of the project costs from their own funds or in-kind support.

Expectations for accountability, transparency and reporting

We require a high degree of transparency and accountability in all projects. Project proposals must demonstrate that the risk of wastage, administration costs and other costs not delivering direct benefit to the target community will be minimised.

Should your project be successful, you will be required to:

  • sign an agreement specifying the terms and conditions of the grant
  • keep full financial records of all expenditure, including receipts
  • submit a progress report within six months of receiving your funding
  • submit a final report at the project’s completion
  • allow and facilitate a visit by Australian Consulate-General’s representatives to the project site.
  • Acknowledge the grant of the Australian Funds

How can we apply?

The Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai accepts project proposals for Western India (Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa) year round. Please complete the concept note template (two page maximum) and email it to our Consulate in Mumbai at
Concept Note template – 2016-17

After reviewing the concept notes, NGOs with suitable project proposals will be invited to submit a formal application, including additional documentation.

How will I find out if my project proposal is successful?

All successful applications will be notified via e-mail. Applications that are not successful will be notified via a letter, while we are unable to elaborate on the reasons for rejection, we encourage our applicants to read the funding guidelines available on our website and re-apply the following year.