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The Australian Government's overseas development assistance program is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For general information about Australia's aid program, please click here.
Australia's Development Assistance to Africa
Australia's increasing assistance to Africa is aimed to support progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. For general information about Australia's development assistance to Africa, please click here.
Australia Awards Scholarships
The Australia Awards Scholarships are a cornerstone of Australia’s development assistance program for Africa. The initiative provides access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries, including Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Gabon, The Gambia, and Niger.
For information about the Australia Awards, including how to apply, please click here.
Small Grants – Direct Aid Program (DAP)
The Australian High Commission operates a flexible, small grants scheme to help fund development projects in its countries of accreditation, including Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Gabon, The Gambia, and Niger.
Under the scheme, grants are available for individuals, community groups and non-governmental organizations engaged in development activities on a non-profit basis. It is aimed at supporting small-scale projects and activities that are participatory in nature and have involved beneficiaries in their identification, design and management.
Special attention may be given to gender issues, children and other disadvantaged groups. Eligible activities should normally be implemented over a relatively short period of time and not more than one year.
Examples of areas where grants may be given include: community health, education, small-scale infrastructure, rural development and environment. In certain cases, consideration may be given to contributions to disaster relief operations, activities of cultural significance and sporting equipment.
As a general rule, the following activities and inputs may not be funded: conferences in-country; overseas study tours; academic training in Australia; items of a recurrent nature, such as staff salaries, office rental and utility costs, spare parts, supplies, routine maintenance and repairs; and payment of consultants and advisors, where they constitute a major cost component.
Proposed activities should be clearly defined with specific outputs. Information on project criteria and how to apply for grants is available in the DAP application form, which may be downloaded here or obtained by contacting the High Commission.
Where the proposed activity has been submitted to other possible funding sources, or is being implemented in conjunction with activities funded through other sources, this must be clearly stated in the application.
If you have any questions about DAP or wish to submit an application, please contact the DAP committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or +234 (0)803 307 3519.