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

Please note that the DAP program is extremely competitive. Due to the volume of applications, the Embassy will be unable to provide individual feedback.

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).    
  • There is no minimum funding that a single DAP project can receive but the maximum is AUD33,000  (approx. JD16,500) for any one project. 

Priority Sectors and Target Groups

The overarching objective of the DAP programme is to advance development outcomes for vulnerable communities. In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, the DAP programme will seek to fill critical gaps in priority development sectors that are inadequately funded through other donor mechanisms. It will do this by providing grants to community-based grass roots organisations.  

There are a number of vulnerable populations in Jordan, so this strategy will not be prescriptive about target communities. Instead, the DAP Committee will look for projects that:

  • demonstrate a tangible community need;
  • support the rights of the most vulnerable in the context of COVID-19 by focusing on: 
    • gender based violence and women’s economic empowerment and/or
    • human rights;
  • target one of the priority groups (women, youth or people with disabilities);
  • demonstrate an agility to respond to changing needs, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses; and
  • innovate people-centred solutions and generate catalytic change (they have the potential to be sustainable and scalable ).

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.

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 http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/direct-aid-program/Pages/direct-aid-program.aspx