Funding Opportunity: Australian Government Direct Aid Program (DAP)

About the Organization

The Australian Consulate-General in Chennai was formally opened on 15th April 2015 by Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP. The Consulate-General focuses on strengthening bilateral relations between India and Australia through political, economic and cultural work in the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala as well as the Union Territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

About the Grant

Across India, the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) supports small-scale sustainable development projects. This program, funded by the Australian Government, also helps build positive linkages between Australia and communities in India.

You should apply through the Consulate-General in Chennai for projects in the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territories of and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry.

We provide grants of up to INR 10 lakhs.

What sort of projects do we fund:

We welcome high quality applications that will support development and strengthen communities in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territories of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and Puducherry across all sectors. Proposed projects could focus on any of the following key areas:

  • women’s empowerment and gender equality
  • inclusion of minorities, such as LGBTIQ+ people
  • disability inclusion
  • support for Indigenous people
  • clean energy, climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability with a development focus (irrigation, urban planning and rejuvenation and water conservation)
  • maritime security and the blue economy
  • sport for development
  • community health
  • education

Regardless of the type of project, all applicants should consider the impact of the project on women, children and other disadvantaged groups, such as people with disabilities. The proposal should contain measurable performance indicators.

Projects should be self-sustainable. Applications should demonstrate a commitment on the part of local authorities and/or beneficiaries to implement and sustain the project beyond the term of the grant. You must demonstrate the ability to meet ongoing costs of the project or program after the term of the grant.

Recipients of DAP funds are expected to make a reasonable contribution of their own to the activity in either cash and/or kind. The type and level of contribution must be indicated in the project proposal.


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

For project proposals in India – To receive a DAP grant, all organisations must have a valid Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) approval.

How to Apply

The Direct Aid Program is currently open. The closing date for 2023-24 applications is 30 November 2023.

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