Australian Embassy

Press Release 2017 - DAP

                     Australian Embassy Direct Aid Program invites applications


21 September 2017

The Australian Embassy invites applications for projects to be supported under its Direct Aid Program (DAP) from 21 September 2017.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded from Australia’s aid program.  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.

Funding is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, organisations and community groups engaged in development activities in Thailand on a not-for-profit basis. Applications cannot be accepted from commercial operations.  Applicants must already be working in Thailand.

DAP focuses 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; and capacity building in the areas of governance, decentralisation and human rights.

The vast bulk of successfully funded DAP projects fall between the range of 100,000 to 750,000 THB.  Projects must be completed and acquitted fully before the end of May 2017. In extraordinary circumstances, where compelling justification can be made at the time of applying for the grant, the Post DAP Committee may consider funding projects up to two years in duration.

Applications must comply with the ‘Applicant Guidelines 2017-18 for the Direct Aid Program’ and must be made using the online Smarty Grants system. Applications close on Friday 13 October 2017.

Further information, including the DAP Guidelines and how to apply are available here.

Queries can be directed to the Australian Embassy via or 02-344-6371 (English), 02-344-6362 (Thai).