Applications Invited for Direct Aid Program (DAP) to Support Development& Strengthen Communities in India

Applications Invited for Direct Aid Program (DAP) to Support Development& Strengthen Communities in India

Organization: The Australian Consulate General, Mumbai

Apply By: 30 Sep 2019

Grant Amount: 1000000 INR

About the Australian Consulate General

The Australian Consulate General in Mumbai was officially opened on 16 November 2013 by the Australian Foreign Minister, The Hon Julie Bishop MP. The office is located in Bandra Kurla Complex which is an emerging business district of Mumbai. The Consulate General focuses on economic diplomacy, on strengthening bilateral relations between India and Australia through political, economic and cultural work in the western Indian states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa. The Consulate General also helps safeguard the interests of Australians living, working and visiting India in these three states.

Direct Aid Program (DAP) – Mumbai

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) provides small grants for activities that support development and strengthen communities in India. Over the past decade, DAP has built linkages and fostered relationships between Australia and these communities.

The Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai supports small-scale, sustainable development projects in Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra, with grants typically up to AUD 20,000/ INR 10 lakhs.

The Australian Consulate-General supported 10 projects in Gujarat and Maharashtra in 2018-2019. Below are examples of past projects funded by the Consulate-General in Mumbai.

What sort of projects do DAP fund?

DAP welcomes high quality applications that will support development and strengthen communities in Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra across all sectors. While we always seek a diversity of projects, this year they are especially looking for projects that will support development through:

  • economic and social empowerment of women and girls
  • enhancing the lives of people with disabilities
  • health and sanitation
  • helping the poor achieve sustainable livelihood

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 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.

To receive a DAP grant in India, all organisations must have renewed Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) approval. Information about obtaining FCRA approval can be found here.

What funds are available and how can they be used?

Grants are typically provided up to AUD 20,000/ INR 10 lakhs. The majority of grant funding must be used to cover the direct project expenses. Funding cannot be used to directly fund:

  • micro credit schemes
  • salaries
  • recurring costs (including office rental and utility costs)
  • routine maintenance
  • repairs (including equipment such as computer, stoves, fridges etc.)
  • travel and the purchase of major assets such as property or vehicles and commercial ventures.

Ten per cent of the proposed budget should be dedicated towards activities that generate public awareness about the project. A maximum of ten per cent of the grant can be allocated to administrative expenses required to deliver the project.

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 an agreement 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 Consulate-General representatives to the project site.
  • acknowledge the receipt of the Australian Funds
  • support of the Australian Government

How can we apply?

The Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai's 2019-2020 round of Direct Aid Program is open from 12 August 2019 till 30 September 2019. Please contact us if there is particular project that you would like us to support which is in the process of being developed and has a later start date.

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