We welcome high quality applications that will support development and strengthen communities in north India and Bhutan across all sectors. While we always seek a diversity of projects, this year we are especially looking for projects that will support development through:
  • women and girls economic and social empowerment
  • enhancing the lives of people with disabilities
  • helping the poor achieve sustainable livelihoods
  • innovative and sustainable agricultural and water projects.
Regardless of the type of project, all applicants should consider the impact of the project on women, children or other disadvantaged groups, such as people with disabilities. Projects must run for no longer than 12 months and should be self-sustainable beyond the term of the grant.

Who is eligible to apply?

DAP funding is available to NGOs and academic institutions engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
Projects in India - to receive a DAP grant; all organisations must have current Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) approval.

What funds are available and how can they be used?
Grants are typically provided up to 10 Lakh INR or BTN equivalent. The majority of grant funding must be used to cover the direct project expenses (excluding staff salaries). Five percent of the grant can be allocated to administrative expenses required to deliver the project.
Grant funding can only be utilised for purposes agreed upon by the recipient and the Australian High Commission. If your project changes as it is implemented, approval for the reallocation of funding must be sought from the High Commission. Any unspent funds at completion of the project must be returned to the Australian High Commission.
Funding recipients must meet some of the project costs from their own funds or in-kind support.
Funding cannot be used to directly fund micro credit schemes or staff salaries.
Expectations for accountability, transparency and reporting
We require a high degree of transparency and accountability in all projects. Project proposals must demonstrate that the risk of wastage, administration costs and other costs not delivering direct benefit to the target community will be minimised.  
Should your project be successful, you will be required to:
  • sign a contract specifying the terms and conditions of the grant
  • keep full financial records of all expenditure, including receipts
  • submit a progress report within six months of receiving your funding
  • submit a final report at the project’s completion 
  • allow and facilitate a visit by Australian High Commission representatives to the project site.