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The Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities, administered by the Australian High Commission in Accra. Most grants are valued at AUD15,000 (approximately USD16,000) or less. The High Commission awards around twenty of these grants each year across the sub-region. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships. Program themes change from year to year, but have included in the past a focus on health, education, renewable energy, skills training, and water and sanitation.
The High Commission does not accept unsolicited applications for DAP. Interested organisations are welcome to submit a short concept note (no more than one page, including budget and contact details) at any time throughout the year, to the email address below. Should the concept note be in line with the focus of DAP for the year, your organisation will be invited to submit a full application for further consideration by the DAP committee. Due to the volume of enquiries received, we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful concept notes and applications.
Organisations in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo are eligible to apply. Guidelines and a brochure explaining more about the scheme are available below.
Direct Aid Program Brochure_English (Adobe 1.13 MB)
If you have any further queries about the program, please send an email to Accrahc.Enquiries@dfat.gov.au.