Australian Embassy
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

The Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program that is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, community groups and NGOs engaged in development activities in Jordan. DAP focuses on small-scale development projects that can provide direct benefits to those most in need in the local community.

Applications for 2018-19 funding are now closed. In the meantime, below is some general information on DAP. You may also wish to follow our Facebook page for examples of past projects.

Eligibility for Funding

  • Projects that aim to improve development or humanitarian outcomes in Jordan are eligible to apply for funding.
  • Activities can run up to a maximum of two years (please specify your intended length in your form).    
  • The maximum available funding is AUD60,000 (JOD30,000) for any one project.  

Priority Sectors and Target Groups

The overarching objective of DAP 2018-19 is poverty reduction for both Jordanians and refugees, with particular focus on projects that:

  • Build or increase access to vocational pathways.
  • Focus on youth and women’s empowerment.
  • Enhance inclusive social services.

We will also consider high quality proposals in other sectors, including human rights, governance and those that support people with disabilities – a key focus of Australia’s aid program.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for proposals that:

  • Will have an impact in the community that can be measured.
  • Can be scaled so that they will reach even more people in future.
  • Are sustainable even after DAP funding has finished and are supported by the local community.
  • Will be run by a team that has demonstrated capacity.
  • Are creative.

As a general rule, we cannot fund the following:

  • Routine, recurring and/or running costs including: office rental and utility costs; routine maintenance and repairs (including equipment such as photocopiers, computers, stoves, fridges, etc.); and the purchase of major assets such as property or vehicles.
  • Payment of ongoing staff salaries of core organisational staff. Contractor salaries that are part of the actual project can be considered but should not constitute a major cost component.
  • Organisations or projects that will make a profit that is not reused in the project, or loans.  
  • Consideration may be given to small-scale community activities that have prospects of eventually generating commercial benefits where the community can demonstrate that proceeds from the activity will be reinvested in the project.

Project Proposals

Proposals must have a clear objective and an outcome that can be measured. Where you have applied for funding from other possible sources, this must be clearly stated in the application. If the project involves children, please ensure you outline the procedures in place to protect them in order for us to consider your project.

Funding Conditions

All recipients of DAP funds are required to submit progress reports and an acquittal report that provides an accurate assessment of the actual outcomes of the activities (assessed against the anticipated outcomes stated in the application), as well as financial information. Funds must be returned if the project does not proceed. Further information will be provided to successful applicants.

More Information

For further information about DAP, please see