The Direct Aid Program Guidelines
We are inviting applications for the second round of the Direct Aid Program for the fiscal year 2015-16. Applications are due by Sunday 14 February 2016. We will assess applications received and advise applicants in due course.
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) of the Australian Representative Office (ARO) is a flexible, small grants program which focuses on relieving humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental objectives in the Palestinian Territories through projects that are consistent with Australia’s foreign policy and public diplomacy objectives. Each year, ARO’s DAP committee assesses proposals for small development projects from individuals, community groups and non-governmental organisations engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
Our DAP funding priorities in 2015-16 are children, education and women’s empowerment. Other sectors that we will consider include disability, health, small scale infrastructure, youth and gender equality.
We will look for projects that:
- Are participatory in nature, and have involved the beneficiaries in the identification, design and management of the project.
- Address the needs of vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, including women, children and youth, and the disabled.
- Address poverty alleviation, community health, environment and education, human rights, rural development or gender equality.
- Have a lasting developmental outcome, either by creating small infrastructure or building sustainable human or organisational capacity.
- Have a budget of maximum USD15,000,-
- Can be completed by 30 May 2016 (although approval may occasionally be given for projects that span two financial years – this must be agreed prior to the commencement of the project).
We will not support projects such as:
- Those for the purchase of vehicles
- Those for any activities that cannot demonstrate a direct developmental outcome.
- Micro-finance projects or micro-credit schemes that involve a return of money.
- Those involving payment for items of a recurrent nature, such as staff salaries, office rental and utility costs, spare parts, supplies, routine maintenance or repairs.
- Commercial ventures.
- Workshops and Training
Australia has obligations under a series of United Nations Security Council resolutions to prevent terrorist financing and to freeze terrorist assets. The Committee will not recommend any project unless it is satisfied that the project will not, directly or indirectly, provide support to terrorism.
If a project involves contact with children (orphaned, displaced, homeless, disabled children or students), applicants should provide their current Code of Conduct, Child Protection Policy and/or child-safe recruitment processes, or appropriate assurances relating to the protection of children, as part of the application process.
All recipients are required to provide written documentation to prove that DAP funds were spent according to the project proposal. The Australian Representative office will consider seeking reimbursement of funds if acquittals are not completed within deadlines. ARO officers would expect to visit the project. ARO would expect recipients to make a clear reference to Australia in public relations material and, if the project involves infrastructure, mark it as a gift of Australia.
The project proposal (maximum 3 pages) should be written in English and include:
- a brief outline of the applicant's activities and goals;
- a brief outline of the applicant's sources of funding;
- at least two referees who can vouch for the bona fides of the applicant;
- a list of other funding sources the project has been submitted to;
- a brief outline of the project;
- details of the beneficiaries;
- an explanation of how the project will assist beneficiaries to help themselves in a sustainable way; and
- a detailed budget for the project.
The selection process is highly competitive and proposals will be assessed on the basis of the information provided. The Committee aims to support a geographic spread of projects and to balance support among different communities.