Australian High Commission
Kingdom of Tonga

Direct Aid Program

The Direct Aid Program is a competitive small grants program funded by the Australian Aid program which aims to support community projects that align with Australia's aid program priorities. The program is founded on a set of principles which:

  • advance developmental outcomes in countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA) through projects primarily focused on practical and tangible results.

  • support Australia's wider foreign and trade policy interests and public diplomacy objectives, including promoting a distinctive and positive image of Australia, and

  • allow for a wide geographic reach reflecting that Australia has global interests and that DAP provides an effective way to build relationships and maintain Australia's profile.

Community groups and organisations can apply for grants of up to TOP 8,000 for projects that demonstrate a strong benefit to local communities and align with the priority areas -

  • people with disabilities

  • women and girls

  • income generation and livelihoods

  • human rights

  • environment and climate change

  • community health

  • arts and culture

  • youth and social inclusion

Please read the DAP Guidelines 2021-2022 thoroughly before applying.

2021-22 DAP Rounds

The DAP will be open for three rounds in the 2021-22 financial year –

Round 1: 01-17 September 2021

Round 2: 10-28 January 2022

Round 3: 29 March -12 April 2022


Application for Round 4 2021-22 is now open until 5pm 30 May.

We prefer applications to be submitted online through this link: DAP Round 4 2021-2022 - Direct Aid Program (

However, should you require a hard copy application please contact the DAP Program Manager on [email protected] or contact 20411.

For more information:


 Photo: Provision of marine safety equipment to the Vava’u Volunteer Maritime Response Association (VVMRA) 2020

Photo: Library resources for GPS Pangai, Ha’apai funded by the Direct Aid Program in 2018