Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded from Australia’s aid program and managed through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s overseas posts. DAP advances developmental outcomes in Official Development Assistance (ODA)-eligible countries with projects primarily focused on practical and tangible results.
A guiding principle of DAP in Thailand is that projects should have a tangible humanitarian or developmental outcome and/or make a practical contribution to building the capacity of recipients in a relevant and appropriate ODA-eligible sector.
Who is eligible for funding?
Funding is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, organisations and community groups engaged in development activities in Thailand. Applications cannot be accepted from commercial operations. Applicants must already be working in Thailand.
What kind of projects can be funded?
Complementing the Royal Thai Government’s efforts through its 11th National Social and Economic Development Plan and in line with Australia’s aid strategy and DAP policy, the DAP Program in Thailand will focus on the following objectives:
- improving community health;
- supporting schools/education;
- improving small-scale infrastructure;
- promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment;
- supporting people with disability to access the same opportunities as others;
- supporting inclusive economic growth, including strengthening institutions and promoting rural development;
- responding to humanitarian disasters;
- protecting the environment;
- capacity building in the areas of governance, decentralisation and human rights.
Activities should be capable of implementation before the end of May in the applicable financial year. In extraordinary circumstances where compelling justification can be made, the post DAP Committee may consider funding projects up to two years in duration.
To be eligible, all projects must:
- qualify as Official Development Assistance (ODA) ;
- demonstrate practical and tangible humanitarian or development outcomes, and/or make a practical contribution to building the capacity of recipients in a relevant sector;
- directly assist a target group;
- demonstrate results will be sustained beyond the end of the project, including showing how any recurrent costs will be met by mobilising resources other than DAP;
- involve a demonstrated commitment by the local community;
- be technically feasible;
- undertake to and be capable of implementing appropriate child protection, fraud control, anti-corruption, environmental protection and workplace health and safety measures;
- be able to be implemented within the agreed time-frame, specifically one financial year unless special dispensation is granted to allow for delivery over two-years;
- have limited staffing and/or administration costs;
- not be commercial in nature;
- have the capacity to meet accountability requirements, including progress reports and acquittal of funds;
- preclude support, directly or indirectly to terrorist groups or sanctioned entities ;
- provide for Australia’s contribution to be appropriately acknowledged;
- be in line with Australia’s aid and foreign policy objectives.
As a general rule, the following activities will not be funded:
- routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses (e.g. staff salaries, office rental and utility costs, spare parts, office supplies, routine maintenance and repairs);
- payment of salaries or fees for consultants and advisors, where they constitute a major cost component;
- any project using asbestos in its construction;
- micro-finance projects or micro-credit schemes that involve the beneficiaries returning money to the facilitating organisation for re-allocation, or
- commercial ventures (unless any profits flow to the community as a whole or will be reinvested in the community project).
Level of funding
The vast bulk of successfully funded DAP projects fall between the range of 100,000 THB to 750,000 THB.
Funding is provided annually to coincide with the Australian financial year from 1 July – 30 June. Applications for 2016-17 are now closed. Applications for 2017-18 will open around September 2017.
For further information on DAP, please contact the Bangkok Post DAP Committee via (email@example.com), or 02-344-6371 (English), 02-344-6362 (Thai).
DAP Guidelines – English version: http://thailand.embassy.gov.au/files/bkok/DAP%20Application%20Guidelines%202016-17_Eng-3.docx
DAP Guidelines – คู่มือฉบับภาษาไทย: http://thailand.embassy.gov.au/files/bkok/DAP%20Guidelines%20(Thai).docx