Australian Embassy
The Philippines

Direct Aid Program


2020 Application Guidelines


The Direct Aid Program is a flexible small grants scheme funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.


Targeted Grants

The DAP provides grants of up to PhP1 million to assist development NGOs and community organisations implement activities that respond to the needs of vulnerable groups affected by COVID-19. Vulnerable groups include disadvantaged children and women, people with disabilities, indigenous peoples, the elderly, members of the LGBTI community, and the poorest.


Grants will be provided to projects with 6-12 months implementation period. Approved projects are expected to commence implementation immediately.

Eligibility for Funding

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.

Priority Activities

DAP will prioritise the following initiatives/activities for assistance:

  • Income generation and sustainable livelihoods to help people affected by COVID-19 to participate in local economic activities to support long term recovery;
  • Provision of essential relief to vulnerable groups and communities badly affected by COVID-19;
  • Provision of community water and sanitation facilities to promote hygiene; and
  • Support to ancillary activities addressing associated COVID-19 risks including public health messaging and promoting safeguards during quarantine.

Assessment Criteria

Successful proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • have a development focus and benefit the local community. Priority is given to innovative and creative projects that might act as catalyst for further development in the community;
  • directly meet specific needs of vulnerable groups;
  • 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;
  • provide substantial counterpart contributions, such as the resources of the proponent and the community either in the form of labor, technical support, administrative cost, materials, existing assets or cash. 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; and
  • integrate gender, child protection, social inclusion and environmentally sound practices in project implementation.

Items not Eligible for Funding

As a general rule, the following items are not funded:

  • Salaries of permanent staff of the implementing organisation;
  • Fees for consultants and advisors, where they constitute a major cost component;
  • Grants programs run by other governments or organisations;
  • Micro-credit schemes or any other project that involves return of money or loans for cash;
  • Administrative costs not directly related to project implementation;
  • International travel as part of the project;
  • Purchase or rental of property or land;
  • Purchase of vehicles;
  • Routine, recurring, and/or running costs including: office rent, electricity, water, phone, internet etc.;
  • routine maintenance and repairs (including of equipment such as photocopiers, computers, stoves, fridges, etc.; and
  • Commercial ventures (for profit)

Child Protection

If the project involves working with children, the organisation must submit a current Child Protection Policy to be eligible for funding.


Submission Details

Proposals should be prepared in accordance with the prescribed DAP project proposal format (click here) and submitted to: [email protected]

Note: Files should not be more than 5MB to guarantee receipt.


Please note that DAP will notify applicants of the outcome of the call for proposals but will not provide feedback on individual applications. DAP will only contact shortlisted organisations for further information, if necessary.


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