Australian Embassy
The Philippines

Direct Aid Program

Direct Aid Program  

2016 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 Manila. The Embassy is pleased to announce a call for proposals for DAP for the 2016-2017 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 invited to apply.

Under the program, grants are provided to worthwhile projects which can demonstrate direct benefits to local communities. This year, 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 2016-2017, DAP will support the following activities:

  • child protection;
  • sustainable livelihoods and income generation, especially promoting women’s economic empowerment;
  • addressing needs of people with disability;
  • human rights awareness and protection; and
  • promoting sports to foster peace and youth development.

Other worthwhile projects that demonstrate benefit to the community and innovation will also be considered.

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,
  • the participation of women 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 16 September 2016 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.