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 Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra, with grants typically up to AUD 20,000 for new applicants and AUD 40,000 for existing partners who have successfully completed a DAP project.

The Australian Consulate-General supported 11 projects in Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra in 2017-2018. Below are examples of past projects funded by the Consulate-General in Mumbai.

Under The Mango Tree Society (Gujarat)

With support from DAP, Under the Mango Tree developed the capacity of underprivileged tribal farmers in Gujarat through indigenous beekeeping.  The project enabled the farmers to improve their livelihood by converting their small agricultural areas to be more remunerative and sustainable. It also had a positive impact on the environment, as it has increased the green cover in the area and protected the bees from harmful harvesting techniques.

Sense International India (Goa)

Sense International India utilized DAP funding to set up a deafblind resource centre in Goa and purchase therapeutic equipment, furniture and an air conditioner. The centre assisted, 40 children with multi-sensory impairments who received rehabilitation services that enabled them to function independently. Additionally, the NGO provided training to staff, teachers and parents. This facilitated them to provide appropriate and timely intervention. The establishment of a resource centre was vital, as Goa did not have any such facilities to support people with deafblindness.

What sort of projects do we fund?

We welcome high quality applications that will support development and strengthen communities in Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra 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
  • enhancing the lives of people with disabilities
  • health and sanitation
  • 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.

To receive a DAP grant in India, all organisations must have  renewed 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 AUD 20,000 for new applicants or AUD 40,000 for existing partners who have successfully completed a DAP project. 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 per cent of the proposed budget should be dedicated towards activities that generate public awareness about the project. A maximum of ten per cent 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 prior to the expenditure. 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's 2018-19 round of Direct Aid Program is closed. Please contact us if there is particular project that you would like us to support which is in the process of being developed and has a later start date.

Please click here to submit your proposal

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 email, and 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.