Australian Direct Aid Program Call for Applications

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) is now open for applications. The DAP is a flexible small grants program that has helped hundreds of organisations around the world, including in Sri Lanka and Maldives, to make a real difference in their communities.

For the current DAP round, preference will be given to Sri Lanka-based projects that support conflict-affected communities to achieve peace and reconciliation or social cohesion outcomes. For projects based in the Maldives, preferred projects will promote social cohesion or good governance and the rule of law.

Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson said ‘the Direct Aid Program supports grassroots development activities in Sri Lanka, Maldives and around the world. If your organisation has a great idea to help your community, particularly if focused on peace andreconciliation or social cohesion outcomes, we would be pleased to hear from you.’

DAP funding is available to legally registered community groups, international or local non-government organisations (NGOs), academic bodies, independent institutions or associations engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis. Applications are generally for up to two years and valued up to AUD 50,000 (approximately LKR 5.7 million).

The DAP is open for applications until 31 October 2018. All applications should be submitted online via the Smartygrants portal on the High Commission’s website


Enquiries should be addressed to the DAP Coordinators at [email protected]

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