Australian Consulate-General
Chennai, India

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) provides small grants for activities that support development and strengthen communities in India.  This program, funded by the Australian Government also helps build positive linkages between Australia and communities in India.

The Consulate-General in Chennai supports small-scale, sustainable development projects in the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territories of Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands with grants of up to INR 10 lakhs.

The Direct Aid Program is currently open. Closing date is 31 October 2022. To apply click here

For examples of past projects funded by the Australian Consulate - General in Chennai click here.


What sort of projects do we fund?

We welcome high quality applications that will support development and strengthen communities in South India across all sectors. Proposed projects should focus on any of the following key areas:

  • women’s empowerment and gender equality
  • maritime security
  • sport
  • education
  • training and capacity building (with a strong focus on governance and human rights)
  • environmental sustainability with a development focus (irrigation, urban planning and rejuvenation and water conservation)
  • road safety
  • small-scale infrastructure projects
  • inclusion of minorities, such as LGBTIQ+ and people with disabilities

Regardless of the type of project, all applicants must consider the impact of the project on women, children and other disadvantaged groups. The proposal should contain measurable performance indicators.

Projects should be self-sustainable. Applications should demonstrate a commitment on the part of local authorities and/or beneficiaries to implement and sustain the project beyond the term of the grant. You must demonstrate the ability to meet ongoing costs of the project or program after the term of the grant.

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.


Who is eligible to apply?

DAP funding is available to individuals, community groups, academic institutions and NGOs engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.

To receive a DAP grant, all organisations must have  a valid Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) approval.

For information about the kind of projects funded, eligibility criteria, and more click here - Direct Aid Program (DAP) FAQs