Australian Embassy
The Philippines

Direct Aid Program

Direct Aid Program  

2017 Direct Aid Program (DAP) Call for Proposals

The Direct Aid Program is a flexible small grants scheme funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Australian Embassy in the Philippines. The Embassy is pleased to announce a call for proposals for DAP for the 2017-2018 financial year.

Community groups, NGOs, and other organisations engaged in development work in the Philippines that are primarily managed by Filipinos and registered with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), or the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), are welcome to apply.

Under the program, grants are provided to worthwhile projects, which can demonstrate direct benefits to local communities. Grants will be provided up to a maximum of PhP1 million per approved project with 6-12 months implementation period. Approved projects are expected to commence implementation within the year.

For 2017-2018, DAP will support activities that address the needs of marginalized sectors:

  • Disadvantaged children
  • Marginalised women and young girls
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Persons with disability
  • Other marginalised groups such as the youth, the LGBT community, poor farmers and fisher folks, remote rural communities and the urban poor.

DAP will prioritise the following initiatives for assistance:

  • child protection
  • promotion and protection of the rights of women and young girls
  • sustainable livelihoods and income generation, especially promoting women’s economic empowerment
  • community education/learning centres
  • small water systems and sanitation facilities, and
  • environmental projects (with health and income-generating outcomes).

DAP will strongly support projects that address cross-sectoral needs and those that meet multi-sectoral objectives.

Consideration will be given to proposals where:

  • the aim is development focused and benefits the local community. Priority is given to innovative and creative projects that might act as catalyst for further development in the community;
  • the project directly meets specific needs of disadvantaged and marginalised groups;
  • the project will have tangible results by the end of the implementation period;
  • there is a commitment on the part of the local community to implement the activities and sustain them;
  • the resources of the proponent and the community either in the form of labour, technical support, administrative cost, materials, existing assets or cash are included as counterpart contributions. There should be evidence of capacity to sustain recurrent costs associated with the project;
  • appropriate institutional support arrangements are in place through the proponent organisation, local government and/or the local community. Projects should be orientated towards developing the capacity of the community;
  • the proponent can demonstrate that it can provide accurate project reports in a timely manner; and,
  • gender equality and women empowerment and the implementation of sound environmental practices are promoted.

Please submit proposals following the prescribed format (click to download the form - Word 25KB ) via email (files should not be more than 2MB to guarantee receipt), mail or courier no later than 10 October 2017 to:

The Secretariat
Direct Aid Program (DAP) Manila
Australian Embassy in the Philippines    
Level 23 Tower 2 RCBC Plaza 
6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City


Please note that only shortlisted organisations will be contacted.