Australian High Commission
Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, Comoros, Reunion Island (consular)



The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small-grants scheme that aims to support non-profit organisations working in local communities on activities that support sustainable and inclusive development. The Australian High Commission in Port Louis currently prioritises funding projects with a focus on:

  1. Women’s Economic Empowerment
  2. Human Rights/Governance
  3. Disaster Risk Management/Climate Change Adaption
  4. Health

The High Commission will look favourably at projects that have a disability focus.

Who can apply?

DAP funding is available for government registered local or international organisations, academic institutions, research bodies or other organisations/agencies engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.

The High Commission expects this current round to be very competitive. The number of approved projects is likely to be lower than in previous years.

Applications can be submitted for projects in Mauritius (including Rodrigues), Comoros and Madagascar. Regional projects including Seychelles participants may be considered, but due to ODA eligible criteria, DAP funds are not able to be used to fund Seychelles participation and this component must be covered by other funding sources.

Applications may be submitted by individuals, or groups on behalf of an NGO, or other implementing organisation as part of a partnership. In this case, the applying organisation must take responsibility for the management and acquittal of DAP funds. The implementing organisation must be involved in preparing the application, and be available to answer any additional information required during the evaluation process.

4. What are the requirements?

Applicants must:

1.     seek a grant of up to AUD$40,000;

2.     complete a DAP application form online through Smartygrants;

3.     include an itemised and fully costed project budget;

4.     show with the help of a timeline or work plan that the project would be completed no later than one year from the date your organisation signs to accept the award. Any extension of the project timeframe would need to have the prior approval of the Australian High Commission/Embassy.  

5.     clearly demonstrate how the project will help provide development outcomes for vulnerable communities.


Preference is given to projects that:

·       show tangible and practical development outcomes and have involved beneficiaries in identifying, designing and managing the project;

·       are innovative and creative, particularly those using technology;

·       comply with local laws and have the demonstrated support of local authorities, including traditional leaders, district councils/assemblies and local governments;

·       pay special attention to youth and gender issues; children and other disadvantaged groups; and

·       are sustainable. Proposals need to demonstrate a commitment on the part of beneficiaries to implement the activities and maintain them beyond the conclusion of the project.


The following activities are not eligible for funding under the DAP:

o   Australian or overseas study tours;

o   grants programs run by other governments or organisations;

o   micro-credit schemes and commercial ventures;

o   costs of catering (ie food and drinks) for promotional/launch events associated with DAP projects, including the cost of obtaining media coverage;

o   routine, recurring and/or running costs of the applying organisation including: staff salaries; office rental and utility costs; spare parts; office supplies; routine maintenance and repairs; purchase of major assets such as property or vehicles; and payment of consultants, where this would constitute a major cost component of the project;

o   administrative costs not directly related to project implementation;

o   projects, including commemorative events, sporting tournaments or cultural displays, that do not have clear developmental outcomes;


Note: Projects which include ineligible components can be considered only if the proposal clearly states how these ineligible components will be funded by sources other than DAP.

In assessing applicants, the High Commission will take into account the experience and track record of the applicant organisation, as well as the nature of the project. The High Commission will scrutinise budget proposals in detail and reserves the right to request budget adjustments where necessary.

All successful DAP projects must be publicly identified as sponsored by the Australian Government. Where possible, a permanent reminder should be created. Badging may include physical signage at project sites or imprints on sponsored hardware and print materials, and should include the Australian aid identifier. Costs associated with badging a project may take up a small part of the project’s budget. However, the costs should be very minor in proportion to the overall project.

5. How do I apply?

All applications for funding should carefully follow the DAP Guidelines, and should be submitted online via the Smartygrants platform. Please see the Australian High Commission’s website for links to the Guidelines and to the Smartygrants application form. Applications for this round must be received no later than 4pm (Mauritian time), Friday 25th October 2019.

6. Please note the following:

·       Fraud will be dealt with seriously. Applicants must not, and must ensure employees, agents, representatives, partners, subcontractors and volunteers, do not engage in any fraudulent activity. Applicants are responsible for preventing and detecting fraudulent activity. Should applicants become aware of any fraudulent activity involving any activities funded in whole or in part by DAP funds, this must be reported to the High Commission immediately.

·       If the project involves working with children, the organisation must provide a copy of their current child protection policy or code of conduct (or create one and the High Commission can help you with this).

·       Recipients of DAP funding must ensure that no support or resources are provided to any entity involved in terrorist activities or subject to sanctions by the United Nations Security Council or the Australian Government.

·       Building or construction projects must comply with appropriate environmental, construction and work health and safety standards. They should meet or exceed Australian or WHO safety standards where possible. DAP does not allow the use of asbestos as a building material.

·       Applications will be assessed following the closure of the round and successful applicants notified. Generally, the DAP Committee meets in October to consider applications and recommend a shortlist for approval by the High Commissioner. Due to the volume of applications received, we will only notify successful applicants.


7. Further information:

All queries should be directed to the Program Manager (DAP) via the contact details below:

Australian High Commission, 2nd Floor Rogers House, President John Kennedy Street, Port Louis, Mauritius

Tel : +230 202 0160

Email : [email protected]

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