Grant: Support for Sustainable Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 23 October 2020

Job Description

Opportunity Background

What is the Direct Aid Program?

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed through the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) overseas posts. The program aims to support projects with a strong development focus that complement Australia’s broader aid program which contributes to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. DAP projects should promote a distinctive and positive image of Australia.

Opportunity Structure

What sort of projects do we fund?
We welcome high quality applications that will support development and strengthen communities in Tunisia across all sectors. While we always seek a diversity of projects, this year we are especially looking for projects that will support development through:

  • women and girls economic and social empowerment
  • innovative and sustainable agricultural and water projects.
  • building of vulnerable communities’ resilience to COVID-19 and projects which support local COVID-19 response and recovery efforts

Regardless of the type of project, all applicants should consider the impact of the project on women, children or other disadvantaged groups, such as people with disabilities.

Competitive Scope

Who can Apply?

DAP is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, community groups, NGOs and other entities engaged in development activities in countries that are eligible for official development assistance (ODA).

What activities are eligible for DAP Support?

DAP activities should primarily be aimed at achieving practical and tangible outcomes of high development impact. DAP is able to fund activities that have a direct, practical and immediate impact, including capacity building programs in the areas of governance and human rights engagement. We will favourably consider projects:

  • in the areas of community and/or rural development, education, gender equality, disabilities, youth, human rights, the environment, small-scale infrastructure, economic empowerment and ad hoc humanitarian relief.
  • where applicants and their communities make a contribution in labour, materials, transport or cash;
  • sporting activities
  • that enhance educational and cultural exchanges and people-to-people links
  • that are achievable and have sustainable outcomes
  • projects that provide educational or occupational/skills training

We will generally NOT fund the following:

  • cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money
  • commercial ventures
  • purchase ofmajor assets, eg vehicles
  • Australian or overseas study tours
  • International travel
  • Sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit
  • staff salaries
  • routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts, routine maintenance

Projects should be self-contained, with finite time lines. Activities in which the recipient community themselves makes a significant contribution in terms of labour, materials or cash are particularly well-received. Projects that might act as a catalyst for additional development of the community or a model for similar developments elsewhere will also be welcomed. There is no minimum amount that a single DAP project can receive but the maximum is TND 19, 500 over the life of the project. Activities may run up to a maximum of two years.

Proposals must be clearly defined with specific outputs. Proposals will be approved or rejected on the basis of:

  • the costs and the development benefits of the proposal
  • achievable and sustainable outcomes
  • soundness of the project’s objectives and design
  • the practicability of the proposed implementation arrangements, and
  • whether the project conforms with the objectives of the Direct Aid Program


This form is to be completed by the applicant online. All applications must be accompanied by a fully costed project budget.

This application form should be read in conjunction with information on the Direct Aid Program available at -

You can start filling out the form from the page of your choice. Remember to save as you go.

For any request for information regarding the program guidelines, the deadline for submitting applications or any questions regarding the form to be completed, please contact us on +356 2133 8201 during our opening hours or send an email to mentioning your file number.

Click here for the program guidelines.

If you need help completing the application, you can download the Applicant Assistance Guide or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page

The “Review and Submit” button allows you to review your application file before sending it.

Once the form has been verified, please click on “Submit” at the top of the page to send us your application. The file cannot be sent if all the mandatory fields have not been completed.

Once your application form has been sent, you will not be able to make any further changes.

At the end of your sending, you will receive an automatic confirmation by e-mail with a copy of your application file attached to the address indicated during your registration.

If you do not receive an email confirmation, it means that your request was NOT sent successfully.

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