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Assisting local communities

Source: Australian High Commission
Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants scheme for development activities managed by the Australian High Commission in Suva. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating hardship and responding to humanitarian needs in developing countries like Fiji.

DAP provides the Australian High Commission with the opportunity to assist local communities directly through funding for small scale projects in areas such as education, environment, water and sanitation, the social and financial inclusion of women, youth and the disabled, and skills development.

Recent achievements of DAP in Fiji

The Australian Government's Direct Aid Program (DAP) allocation to Fiji and Tuvalu is the largest across all its embassies in the world totalling AUD$400,000 per annum. In 2011-2012, DAP funded 81 projects in Fiji and one project in Tuvalu and we have already approved funding in 2012-2013 for a further 80 projects in Fiji and one in Tuvalu.

DAP funding in 2011—2012 enabled the construction of a walkway bridge in Balibuka settlement, just outside of Suva and flush toilets and footpaths in eight villages in Tailevu, Cakaudrove and Serua.

Thirty six schools across Fiji received assistance from DAP for different projects ranging from the construction of new under-cover walkway and new flush toilets to furniture, books, upgrade to water systems and the renovation of school buildings.

In addition, new water tanks were installed in 18 villages and settlements in Lau, Bua, Serua, Ra, Kadavu and Tailevu. DAP also funded a four-day training program for the staff and single mothers at the Homes of Hope in Wailoku; the renovation of facilities at St Giles Hospital; and the provision of new hostel beddings and furniture to the Fiji Society for the Blind.

Applying for DAP funding

DAP funding is available to community groups, NGOs, education institutions and other organisations engaged in development work on a not-for-profit basis in Fiji.

Funding for most projects falls between $2,000 and $15,000. We strongly encourage groups who apply for DAP funding to meet some of the project costs with their own funds or in-kind support.

The guidelines for DAP funding and an application form can be found at the Australian High Commission website: http://www.fiji.embassy.gov.au.





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