The call for proposal under the Direct Aid Program is now open.
The Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) has now opened for proposals for the fiscal year of 2021-22 through an online service powered by Smartygrants. The round will be open from 1 August until 15 September this year.
To learn about the online application process, please check the following links:
If your project meets our DAP guidelines as below, you may complete the application via this link: https://dap.smartygrants.com.au/TehranDAP2020-2021
The Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) of the Australian Embassy is a flexible, small grants program which focuses on relieving humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental objectives in Iran through projects that are consistent with Australia’s international relations and public diplomacy objectives. Each year, the Embassy’s DAP committee assesses proposals for small development projects from individuals, community groups and non-governmental organisations engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
The Embassy has already funded a range of humanitarian projects aimed at assisting the following target groups and development sectors:
- Improved quality of life and increased access to employment opportunities for disabled persons;
- Establishment of 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
- Alleviation of poverty within the Afghan refugee community (supporting educational institutions and providing increased access to vocational training, employment opportunities, improved settlement and sanitary water).
We encourage applications for DAP funding from individuals, NGOs and not-for-profit organisations involved in humanitarian projects.
DAP Guidelines and Timeline
We will look for projects that:
- Are participatory in nature, and have involved the beneficiaries in the identification, design and management of the project.
- Address the needs of vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, including women, children and the disabled
- Address poverty alleviation, community health, environment and education, human rights, rural development or gender equality.
- Have a lasting developmental outcome, either by creating infrastructure or building sustainable human or organisational capacity.
- Have a budget of maximum AUD 30,000
- Can be completed by 31 May 2022.
We will not support projects such as:
- Those for the purchase of vehicles
- Those for any activities that cannot demonstrate a direct developmental outcome
- Micro-finance projects or micro-credit schemes that involve a return of money
- Those involving payment for items of a recurrent nature, such as staff salaries, office rental and utility costs, spare parts, supplies, routine maintenance or repairs
- Commercial ventures.
Australia has obligations under a series of United Nations Security Council resolutions to prevent terrorist financing and to freeze terrorist assets. The Committee will not recommend any project unless it is satisfied that the project will not, directly or indirectly, provide support to terrorism.
If a project involves contact with children (orphaned, displaced, homeless, disabled), applicants should provide their current Code of Conduct, Child Protection Policy and/or child-safe recruitment processes, or appropriate assurances relating to the protection of children, as part of the application process.
All recipients are required to provide written documentation to prove that DAP funds were spent according to the project proposal. The Embassy will consider seeking reimbursement of funds if acquittals are not completed within deadlines. Embassy officers would expect to visit the project. The Embassy would expect recipients to make a clear reference to Australia in public relations material and, if the project involves infrastructure, mark it as a gift of Australia.
Applicants need to think of the following details before filling out the application form:
- a brief outline of the applicant's activities and goals;
- a brief outline of the applicant's sources of funding;
- at least two referees who can vouch for the bona fides of the applicant;
- a list of other funding sources the project has been submitted to;
- a brief outline of the project;
- details of the beneficiaries;
- an explanation of how the project will assist beneficiaries to help themselves in a sustainable way; and
- a detailed budget for the project.
The selection process is highly competitive and proposals will be assessed on the basis of the information provided. The Committee aims to support a geographic spread of projects and to balance support among different communities.
1 August-15 September
Applicants submit DAP project proposals by filling in the application form in Smartygrants.
September - October 2021
Embassy assesses project proposals.
October - November 2021
DAP committee meets to discuss proposals. Successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified. Funds are allocated.
By 31 May 2022
Applicants submit original financial receipts and End of Project acquittal report.
Embassy visits completed projects.