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Applications for Australia's Direct Aid Program open on Aug 15

Released at: 15:10, 11/08/2017

Applications for Australia's Direct Aid Program open on Aug 15

Textile training project in Dong Van District, Ha Giang province funded by the DAP program. Photo: Embassy of Australia

Australian Embassy receiving Direct Aid Program applications from August 15 to 29.

by Le Diem

The Australian Embassy in Hanoi will open applications for the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) grant round 2017-2018, for projects in northern Vietnam and also in central Thua Thien Hue province.

Grants of up to AU$60,000 ($47,000) are available to NGOs, community groups, and other not-for-profit entities to undertake small-scale development projects focusing on the economic empowerment of disadvantaged communities and groups.

In 2017-2018, the Hanoi DAP will prioritize higher value projects and those that take an innovative approach to a longstanding development challenge.

DAP is a small grants program funded from Australia’s foreign aid budget. It has the flexibility to work with local communities in developing countries on projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia’s national interest. It sits alongside Australia’s longer-term country and multilateral development strategies and with its wide geographical reach plays an important role in supporting local community efforts towards poverty reduction across the globe. DAP projects cover a range of sectors, such as education, health, water and sanitation, environmental protection, women’s empowerment and gender equality, supporting people with disabilities, economic livelihoods, food security, and human rights.

The DAP in northern Vietnam is an extremely competitive program. Applications must meet the requirements detailed in the DAP Guidelines and comply with the requirements in the application form. The deadline for submitting applications (online) is Friday September 29.

Applicants are required to read the Guidelines and complete the application forms for the Hanoi 2017-2018 DAP grants. Applicants can choose to fill in an application form either in Vietnamese or English, at https://dap.smartygrants.com.au/DAPHanoiEnglish2017-18 for English and https://dap.smartygrants.com.au/DAPHanoiVietnamese2017-18 for Vietnamese. For queries about DAP or the application process, please contact Dap.Hanoi@dfat.gov.au or (024) 3774 0116.

The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City administers DAP in Vietnam’s south. Please visit http://hcmc.vietnam.embassy.gov.au for further details. For further information about Australia’s development assistance to Vietnam, please visit http://dfat.gov.au/geo/vietnam/development-assistance/Pages/development-assistance-in-vietnam.aspx.

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