Australian High Commission, Bangladesh: Inviting applications for ‘The Direct Aid Program (DAP)’ to advance developmental objectives and address humanitarian hardship in developing countries.

Funding brief: The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The aim of the DAP is to advance developmental objectives and address humanitarian hardship in developing countries. DAP is administered through Australia’s overseas diplomatic posts on an annual basis.

The Australian High Commission is pleased to invite community groups, NGOs, academic institutions, research bodies, libraries, museums, sports organizations or any other organizations engaged in development activities in Bangladesh to submit project proposals for funding under its Direct Aid Program for the year 2018-19.

Projects are expected to be self-sustainable and oriented towards self-help. Submissions should demonstrate a commitment on the part of the local authorities and/or people who will be the beneficiaries to implement the activities and sustain them. Projects that will offer direct and immediate benefits to target groups will be given preference.

The goal of the Direct Aid Program in Bangladesh is to address humanitarian hardship and to advance development activities.

Criteria:
● The projects should involve small-scale development activities that are participatory in nature and involve beneficiaries in their identification, design and management.
● Projects should primarily focus on –
 Good Governance – which includes activities aimed at improving economic and financial management, capacity building, strengthening law and justice, increasing public sector effectiveness and developing civil society.
 Human Rights – defined broadly to include activities that enhance the rights of people and minimize the effects of discrimination. Projects could include support to areas such as poverty alleviation, community health, capacity building, schools/education, small-scale infrastructure, rural development, youth, gender equality, the environment including climate change, and ad hoc humanitarian relief.
● Projects should give special attention to the needs of women, children or other disadvantaged groups. · Projects should address gender issues in their implementation.
● Projects that support people with a disability to improve the quality of their lives through accessing the same opportunities for participation, contribution, decision-making, and social and economic well-being as others are strongly encouraged.
● Projects are expected to be self-sustainable and oriented towards self-help. Submissions should demonstrate a commitment on the part of the local authorities and/or people who will be the beneficiaries to implement the activities and sustain them.
● The project must have clearly defined objectives.
● The proposal should contain measurable performance indicators.
● The proposal should be participatory in nature and involve beneficiaries in their identification, design and management.
● Recipients of DAP funds are expected to make a reasonable contribution of their own to the activity in either cash and/or kind. The type and level of contribution must be indicated in the project proposal.
● Appropriate institutional support arrangements must be described, e.g. the level of recurrent costs generated and the evidence of capacity to sustain these costs in the longer term.
● Projects should have a maximum duration of one year.
● Projects involving family planning and reproductive health services and advice may be suitable for funding if the activities comply with national Family Planning Guiding Principles.
● The Australian Government takes child protection issues very seriously. Recipients whose projects involving children will have to sign a Child Protection Code of Conduct.
● Recipient must take all necessary steps to ensure that funding provided by the Australian High Commission does not support, either directly or indirectly, terrorists or terrorist groups.

Donor Name: Australian High Commission, Bangladesh
Funding name: The Direct Aid Program (DAP)

Deadline: 13th June, 2018, Wednesday at 4 PM

Funding details link: http://bangladesh.embassy.gov.au/daca/development_cooperat.html

Funding limit: The Australian contribution towards each project will be limited to approximately AUD 60,000 over one year.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: one year

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● 
Community groups, NGOs, academic institutions, research bodies, libraries, museums, sports groups or other organizations engaged in development activities in Bangladesh are eligible to apply for the Program.

The following activities and inputs will not be funded –
● Conferences in-country, Australia or overseas study tours;
● Academic training in Australia;
● International travel as part of the project;
● Grants programs run by other governments or organizations;
● Micro-credit schemes or any other project that involves return of money;
● Salaries of permanent staff of implementing organization;
● Routine, recurring and/or running costs including office rental and utility costs, routine maintenance and repairs (including equipment such as photocopiers, computers, stoves and fridges) and the purchase of major assets such as property or vehicles; or
● For-profit ventures

Eligible Country: Bangladesh

Submission mail: DAP.Dhaka@dfat.gov.au

Other important link:
● 
Guideline: http://bangladesh.embassy.gov.au/files/daca/DAP%202018-19_%20Bangladesh%20Guidelines.pdf
● Form:
 Proposal: http://bangladesh.embassy.gov.au/files/daca/DAP%202018-19%20Application%20Form.doc
 Budget: http://bangladesh.embassy.gov.au/files/daca/DAP%202018-19%20Sample%20Budget%20Template.xlsx
● Application Check-list: http://bangladesh.embassy.gov.au/files/daca/DAP%202018-19_%20Application%20Checklist.docx

How to apply: The DAP application along with other relevant documents should be submitted to the Australian High Commission by email or hardcopy within deadline. Hardcopies should be submitted to the following address: Australian High Commission, 184, Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka-1212, Gate No. 2,
OR
Softcopies emailed to: DAP.Dhaka@dfat.gov.au


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