Australian Embassy
Georgia and Azerbaijan

Direct Aid Program Guidelines Ankara

Türkiye Direct Aid Program (DAP) Guidelines 2022-2023

Opening Date:         12:00 hrs (GMT+3) on 12 September 2022

Closing Date:           17:00 hrs (GMT+3) on 30 September 2022

1. How do I apply?

All applications for funding should carefully follow the DAP Guidelines and must be submitted online via the Smartygrants platform during the application period only. The link to the Smartygrants application form is below.

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2. What is the Direct Aid Program?

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded from Australia's aid budget and managed by the Australian Embassy, Ankara. It has the flexibility to work with local communities on projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia's national interest.

There is no minimum amount that a single DAP project can receive in Türkiye but the maximum is AUD 10,000 over the life of the project. Embassy exchange rates will be used for local currency. Funding should be expended by 30 June 2023, but projects may run up to a maximum of two years following the expenditure.

DAP projects should help to promote a distinctive and positive image of Australia-Türkiye collaboration.

For general information about the program, please see

3. Who can apply?

DAP is available on a not-for-profit basis to community groups, national or international NGOs, academic institutions, universities, government institutions, research bodies, local government institutions, and other entities engaged in development activities in countries that are eligible for official development assistance (ODA).

DAP is only available to institutions located in Türkiye for projects to be carried out in Türkiye.

4. What sectors are eligible for DAP Support?

DAP projects should be aimed primarily at achieving practical and tangible outcomes, such as poverty alleviation; community health including COVID-19 recovery and resilience; schools/education; small-scale infrastructure; rural development; youth; gender equality; the environment including climate change; and ad hoc humanitarian relief.

In 2022-23, priority will be given to projects that support disadvantaged communities, including women and children, persons with disabilities, and refugees.

The DAP Committee will be looking for projects that achieve practical and tangible outcomes in priority development sectors, including:

  • education;
  • health, including building of vulnerable communities’ resilience to public health risks including COVID-19, and projects that support local response and recovery efforts;
  • gender equality, women and girls’ economic and social empowerment;
  • empowerment of persons with disabilities;
  • empowerment of youth and
  • STEM projects.

5. What are the requirements?

  • projects must be self-contained with definite timelines including a work plan, and the funding should be expended by 30 June 2023;
  • projects must be clearly defined with specific achievable and sustainable outcomes that will help vulnerable target groups;
  • project funding limit is AUD 10,000;
  • application forms must be submitted through online grants management system, Smartygrants.

Applications must:

  • include a clear and fully itemised and fully costed project budget in TRY or in AUD outlining the development benefits of the proposal;
  • demonstrate the applicant’s capacity to effectively implement the proposed project;
  • demonstrate the applicant’s capability and capacity to manage any identified project-related risks.  This should specifically include a risk management strategy for implementing the project amid ongoing COVID-19 risks, including mitigation measures that will be taken to ensure the project is COVID-19 safe;
  • demonstrate soundness of the project's objectives and design and the practicability of the proposed implementation arrangements;
  • demonstrate that the project conforms with the objectives of the Direct Aid Program;
  • demonstrate that the project is technically feasible;
  • include a risk management strategy to mitigate risk, including COVID-19 risks;
  • include a suggested time for a possible visit by Embassy officials;
  • include the existing and/or potential implementing partners of the suggested project (if any) in their application form
  • if the project involves working with children, the organisation must have a current child protection policy or code of conduct to be eligible. See Attachment A for an example Child Protection Code of Conduct; please also see DFAT’s Child Protection Policy at (;

6. Selection process

Along with above requirements, we will favourably consider projects:

  • addressing gender issues in their implementation;
  • where the applicant contributes its own or other donor resources to the project;
  • where the recipient community makes a significant contribution in terms of labour, materials or funds;
  • where the project involves conferences and training, if the results are likely to be put to use after completion of the project;
  • which act as a catalyst for further development of the community or a model for similar developments elsewhere. 

The following activities and items are generally NOT eligible for funding under DAP:

  • grants programs run by other governments or organisations;
  • micro-credit schemes or any other project that involves return of money or loans for cash;
  • salary for permanent staff of the implementing organisation;
  • administrative costs not directly related to project implementation;
  • purchase or rental of property or land;
  • purchase of vehicles;
  • routine, recurring and/or running costs including: office rent, electricity, water, phone, internet, etc.; routine maintenance and repairs (including of equipment such as photocopiers, computers, stoves, fridges etc.); and office or equipment insurance
  • commercial ventures;
  • direct support for governments;
  • Australian or overseas study tours;
  • international travel;
  • sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit;
  • catering (i.e. food and drinks) and media coverage for promotional/launch events associated with DAP projects.

In some cases, limited DAP funding to pay for professional consultants and advisors, or for in-country travel expenses when they are directly related project implementation, may be appropriate.  However, such funding should be in small proportion relative to the overall project and should not constitute a major cost component.

Successful candidates will be notified by phone in September and should plan to begin project activities, once notified, from late September.

DAP projects must be acquitted at the end of the project, and submission of receipts and acquittals progressively during the project is encouraged. The acquittal form will provide accounting for expenditure as well as an accurate assessment of the actual outcomes against the objectives in the original proposal.

7. How do I recognise the Australian Government’s support?

All projects must be branded as delivered under the Direct Aid Program with the Australian Aid Identifier and the Australian Government crest.  This includes project signage, publications, annual reports, events, websites, sponsorship materials, stationery, advertisements, clothing, merchandise, media releases, marketing and promotional material, speeches and interviews. 

Projects are encouraged to invest in a banner for Australian Government outreach and promotion purposes, with either the Australian Aid identifier or Australian Government logo.

The community within the project area should be kept informed by the project coordinators that the funding was provided by the Australian Embassy in Ankara.

DAP recipients should create permanent reminders for the projects. Minor costs associated with ‘badging’ a project – such as a plaque – may be appropriate to fund under DAP.  However, the costs should be very minor in proportion to the overall project.

Please note that selected projects will be informed about the DAP branding and visibility rules and guidelines in detail upon acceptance.

8. Environmental and social safeguards

The safeguard policy provides guidance on DFAT’s safeguard responsibilities for aid investments and how to meet them, and sets out requirements for five key safeguards:

  • environmental protection;
  • children, vulnerable and disadvantaged groups;
  • displacement and resettlement
  • Indigenous peoples;
  • health and safety.

All program investments, regardless of value or delivery mechanism must be screened for safeguard risks. Where screening indicates an environmental or social impact may occur, the safeguard risk must be assessed and rated. For more information visit (

9. Other notes

Recipients of DAP funding must ensure that no support or resources are provided to any entity subject to sanctions (by the United Nations Security Council or the Australian Government).

Recipients of DAP funding must ensure that the work conducted in relation to this project is undertaken in a safe manner and complies with all applicable local laws, standards and policies that relate to health and safety; paying particular attention to COVID-19 mitigation measures.

DFAT is fully committed to full implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions relating to sanctions, including United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) and related resolutions against the financing of terrorism. Consistent with applicable Australian laws, the Embassy seeks to take reasonable precautions, and to exercise due diligence, to ensure that none of its funds are provided, directly or indirectly, to individuals or entities designated by the UN Security Council, its committees or the Australian Government for targeted financial sanctions, or otherwise used to provide support to individuals or entities associated with terrorism.

DFAT does not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment (SEAH) of any kind. This applies to our own organisation and extends to those we work with. DAP recipients are expected to apply an appropriate policy commensurate with the level of SEAH risk associated with the activity and their organisation. Recipients will be asked to demonstrate that they have a PSEAH policy or other documented policies and procedures, including, reporting and investigation procedures to manage the risk of SEAH.