Grants for Development-Oriented Projects

Australian Government

Relevent Country: United States of America

The Australian Consulate General in Mumbai is offering grants to support projects with a strong development focus that complement Australia’s broader aid program which contributes to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed through the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) overseas posts. DAP projects should promote a distinctive and positive image of Australia.

Funding Information
  • The Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai supports small-scale, sustainable development projects in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, with grants typically up to INR 10 lakh.
Eligible Projects
  • While they always seek a diversity of projects, this year they are especially looking for projects that will support development through:
  • COVID relief and other areas impacted by the pandemic (such as livelihoods, education and health)
  • WASH or water management
  • Education or skills training
  • Empowerment of women and girls
Eligible Activities
  • DAP activities should achieve practical and tangible outcomes of high development impact. DAP is able to fund activities that have a direct, practical and immediate impact, including capacity building programs in the areas of governance and human rights engagement.  They will favourably consider projects:
  • in the areas of community and/or rural development, education, gender equality, disabilities, youth, human rights, the environment, small-scale infrastructure, economic empowerment and ad hoc humanitarian relief.
  • where applicants and their communities make a contribution in labour, materials, transport or cash;
  • that use sports to achieve development outcomes
  • that enhance educational and cultural exchanges and people-to-people links
  • that are achievable and have sustainable outcomes
  • that provide educational or occupational/skills training
Eligibility Criteria
  • DAP is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, community groups, NGOs and other entities engaged in development activities in countries that are eligible for official development assistance (ODA).

They will generally not fund the following:
  • cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money
  • commercial ventures
  • purchase of major assets, e.g. vehicles
  • Australian or overseas study tours
  • Sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit
  • staff salaries
  • travel, accommodation, and food and beverages costs for staff members
  • routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts, routine maintenance