Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program 2015-16 for Vietnam: NGOs Can Apply for Flexible Grants of US$246,000

Deadline: 9 October 2015

Applications for the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2015-16 are now open for provinces in central and southern Vietnam, from Danang to Ca Mau. The program provides grants to NGOs, community groups and other not-for-profit entities to undertake small-scale development project in Central and Southern Viet Nam.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government which aims to address humanitarian hardship through funding small-scale community-based development projects.

DAP provides grants to NGOs, community groups and other not-for-profit entities to undertake small-scale development projects aimed at addressing humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes in disadvantaged communities in the region.

The program is expected to provide direct benefits to those most in need in the local community, including vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.

Grants Available

  • In the 2015-2016 grant round, total DAP grants awarded by the Australian Consulate-General is expected to total approximately US$246,000 (AU$355,000).
  • In addition, Australia will provide an estimated US$62.3 million (AU$89.9 million) in Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam in 2015-16.

Examples of projects supported by DAP in the past:

  1. Construction of classrooms, toilets
  2. Purchase of schooling or medical equipment (TV, video and computer purchases are low priorities)
  3. Construction of small bridges
  4. Clean water supply infrastructure

Who may apply?

  • Any organisation may apply for a grant provided the project meets DAP objectives.
  • Organisation could include: non-government organisations (local and international), community organisations, provincial and district People’s Committees, local government departments/agencies as well as other organisations such as hospitals and schools.
  • Individuals are ineligible to apply.

Application Process

  • Application form can be downloaded from the website. All applications must be submitted via post. Applications must include:
    • Specific criteria used by applicants to select the project and its beneficiaries;
    • Clearly detailed expected developmental impact (for example in terms of promoting community development, education, health, gender equality (including the role of women), disadvantaged groups, and environmental sustainability)
    • A clear and thorough cost analysis which accurately reflects the costs associated with the project and clearly identifies the component/s DAP funding is requested for;
    • Two quotes for each major cost component of the project (if in doubt about what constitutes major cost component of your proposed project, please contact the Consulate-General);
    • Photographs of existing facilities/equipment, where relevant;
    • For construction projects only, design or layout details.
  • Successful Applicants will be informed by December 2015.

For more information, please visit Australian Direct Aid Programme.