Australian government's Direct Aid Program looks for candidates

(VNF) – The Australian Government will sponsor up to USD 15,000 for each development project which aims to improve the living standard of the underpriviledged community in Vietnam.

(VNF) – The Australian Government will sponsor up to USD 15,000 for each development project which aims to improve the living standard of the underpriviledged community in Vietnam.

The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh city on September 4 started to receive application for the Direct Aid Program (DAP) by the Australian Government, aiming to support the central and southern provinces of Vietnam for period 2017-2018.

According to official announcement made by the Consulate General, the Australian government will grant each project a cash amount of up to AUD 20,000 (~ USD 15,000).

Candidates are non govermental organizations (NGOs), community-based groups and other non-profit agencies.

Those organizations and agencies will later use the money to implement their small-scale projects, aiming to promote economic development of underpriviledged communities.

Australian government's Direct Aid Program looks for candidates

Australian Consular Karen Lanyon (4th, from the left) and project representatives receiving DPA cash grant for term 2016-2017 (source: The Australian Consulate-General in HCM.City)

According to Karen Lanyon, Consular-General of Australia in HCM.City, DAP is a highly competitive programme. In the term 2016-2017, the Consulate of Australia in HCM.City has granted nearly AUD 250,000 to 13 qualified projects out of the 142 submission.

“I am delighted to witness the change brought about by DAP’s small-scale financial aid to communities across Vietnam. Any community which is in need of small-scale funding can get access to the resources and made difference from that.”, Lyon said in her speech in the aid granting signing ceremony in February.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government, which supports ad hoc humanitarian relief through funding small-scale community-based development projects. The DAP for southern Vietnam (provinces from Danang to Ca Mau) is managed and disbursed by the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAP mainly targets at projects which are unable to get access to large-scale aid programme.

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Community healthcare is one among key areas DAP proritizes (source: The Australian Consulate-General in HCM.City)

DAP’s key goal is to help community's overcome humanitarian-related challenges via sponsoring small-scale projects.

Those which received financial aid in 2016-2017 were from various fields, from public healthcare to construction of small-scale infrastructures and water sanitation. They were based in Da Nang, Quang Nam, Khanh Hoa, Vinh Long, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, An Giang, Ca Mau and HCM.City.

In order to be qualified to receive sponsorship, the project must be able to prove its sustainability to the judging board.

The average cash grant for one project is around USD 10,000. However, DAP also can consider higher-value projects for special cases.

The application deadline is September 4.

For application form and more information, please refer to Australian Consulate in HCM City's website: http://hcmc.vietnam.embassy.gov.au/hchivietnamese/home.html/./

( Translated by Phi Yen )

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