Australian Embassy
Islamic Republic of Iran

Local Development Cooperation

The Direct Aid Program

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) funds projects that relieve hardship and advance developmental objectives in Iran. The Embassy supports small development projects from individuals, community groups and non-governmental organisations on a not-for-profit basis. The Embassy funds projects that:

- improve quality of life and increased access to employment opportunities for women and girls, and persons living with a disability; and

- establish education programs (e.g., basic literacy, gender equality, drug and health awareness, water, and sanitation), vocational training initiatives within poor urban communities and contribution to medical facilities for treatment of the disadvantaged groups; and

- alleviate poverty within the Afghan refugee community (by supporting educational institutions and providing increased access to vocational training, employment opportunities, improved settlement, and sanitary water).

How to apply

The DAP receives proposals through an online service. To learn more, please visit

For FAQs, please visit

Australian Embassy in Tehran accepts applications for DAP 2022-2023 from 1 July-31 August 2022. Please go to the following link to apply:

DAP Indicative Timeline

 1 July-31 August

 Applicants submit DAP project proposals


 Embassy assesses project proposals.

 September and October

 Successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified. Funds are allocated.

 By 31 May

 Applicants submit original financial receipts and End-of-Project acquittal report.


 Embassy visits completed projects.