Australia is pleased to support Mongolian organisations and communities to contribute to development, reduce poverty and promote people to people links between Australia and Mongolia through the Direct Aid Program (DAP).
DAP is an annual competitive flexible small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget.
Since 2003 DAP has assisted over 100 Mongolian organisations to implement more than 113 projects across a broad spectrum of social and economic sectors, including poverty reduction, health, agriculture, youth empowerment, gender and disability inclusiveness and other social and economic issues important to national and subnational development.
General DAP Guidelines can be found here.
Direct Aid Program 2018-19 open for applications from 9 April to 6 May
The Australian Embassy is inviting interested organisations to submit applications for grants under the Direct Aid Program (DAP).
DAP is a flexible small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget. The Mongolia DAP aligns with the overall purpose of Australia’s aid program to contribute towards economic growth and poverty reduction.
In 2018-19, the Mongolia DAP will aim to fund projects in the following sectors:
- Health with a focus on rural and community health, combating communicable diseases, cancer, emergency and distance medicine, medical services for minorities;
- Human rights and good governance focusing on the, disability inclusiveness, LGBTI community empowering minorities, and eliminating discrimination;
- Disaster prevention and response;
- Ending domestic violence, protecting women and children, and eliminating gender inequality;
- Education with a focus on access for people with disabilities, disadvantaged adults and children, and children with special needs;
- Agriculture and environment with a focus on diversification of livelihoods, extending growing seasons, and animal health; and
- Sports for development with a focus on promoting social inclusion and youth development.
Applications will be considered from local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), national and local government agencies and other not-for-profit organisations. All applications must demonstrate that they are not-for-profit. Applications from individuals will not be considered.
Proposals that have received grants, or applied for grants, from other donors are not eligible for DAP funding, unless
(a) the DAP funding is for a stand-alone component of a broader activity that is explicitly excluded from other sources of funding OR
(b) the DAP funding seeks to build a strategic partnership that enhances the sustainability and impact of the activity.
Microcredit schemes, purchase of land and vehicles, recurrent costs including staff salary and non-related administrative expenses, commercial ventures and activities with direct support from government (noting exceptions above) are not eligible for DAP funding.
How to apply:
Applications in English-language must be submitted before by 5 pm on 6 May 2018 by completing online application through the following link:
Due to high numbers of applications, the Embassy will not contact unsuccessful applicants. DAP results will be available on the Embassy website following completion of the selection process.
Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2017-18
Thank you to all applicants for their time in preparing submissions for the 2017 Direct Aid Program. We received a record number of email submissions and the competition for the small number of available grants was very high. The applications selected for funding are below.
Feedback to unsuccessful applicants
Feedback from the selection committee to help applicants improve their chances of obtaining a grant in future DAP rounds is as follows:
1. Submissions should be made on DAP application forms.
- No other form of application will be accepted. Applications for other grant programs sent to DAP will not be considered
2. Ensure that all sections of the DAP application form are completed and the form is signed.
- Application must be short and succinct
- Explain clearly what the problem is, what your solution is, and exactly how this will be achieved.
3. Please read DAP guidelines carefully
- salary and other recurrent costs are not eligible and projects that include these items will not be considered.
4. Only submit ONE (1) application for each grant sought.
- Multiple copies of the same application will not be considered.
- The selection panel may take into account the considerable time it takes to sort through duplicate applications when making a selection.
5. Applicants should determine whether their proposed activity needs to cooperate with other professional organisations to achieve sustainable outcomes.
- Where industry/sector peak bodies are relevant but not referenced the application is unlikely to be successful.
- For example, a health project covering a particular issue must demonstrate that the relevant experts/professional organisation have been consulted.
6. Applications must address long-term sustainability
- If equipment purchases are included in proposals, assurances that the equipment can be properly used and maintained must be provided.
- Proposed activities must be broader than the purchase of equipment only.
7. For-profit organisations are not eligible under DAP.
Please note that due to the large number of proposals received unsuccesssful applicants will not be notified.
Projects selected in 2017-18
Project name: “Expanding MACA’s cricket outreach pilot project” (sports for development)
Implementing Organisation: Mongolian Amateur Cricket Association NGO (website: www.cricketmongolia.mn)
Project description: This project will promote cricket as a friendly team sport through developing competitions between six state schools and two international schools, as well as through holding two summer camps.
Project name: “Research into HPV vaccine in Mongolia” (public health)
Implementing Organisation: National Cancer Council of Mongolia NGO (www.cancercouncilmongolia.mn)
Project description: The project will complete the collection of data on the impact of HPV vaccine on young girls aged 19-20 years across five regions. Based on the research, communication materials will be developed and disseminated throughout Mongolia to raise awareness and inform policy to help reduce or prevent cervical cancer in Mongolia
Project name: “Ensuring Meaningful Participation of Adolescent Boys to End Gender Based Violence” (preventing domestic violence)
Implementing Organisation: Strong Boys club (www.facebook.com/strongboysmongolia )
Project description: The project aims to teach boys about preventing gender-based violence. Social workers at nine state schools will be trained to assist and empower boys to identify and prevent violence. Each school’s boys club will develop publicity campaigns to raise awareness of domestic violence issues.
Project name: “Mongolian Village Tannery” (agriculture)
Implementing Organisation: Family Agricultural Resources Mongolia NGO
Project description: This project will support 27 vulnerable households in Uvurkhangai province to engage in village scale tannery and improve the tanning and leather processing. The project will enable income generation through improved animal skin processing.
Project name: “Right4Health Conference” (human rights)
Implementing Organisation: LGBT Center NGO (website: www.lgbtcentre.mn)
Project description: This project will organise a health and human rights conference and associated health provider educational activities in Ulaanbaatar and regional centres in Mongolia. The conference will be the first step in developing improved health care for the LGBTI community.
Project name: “Publishing books in Braille for blind and visually impaired children” (disability inclusiveness)
Implementing Organisation: Mongolian National Federation of the Blind
Project description: The project will develop and print books in braille for blind and visually impaired children of primary school age.
Project name: “Futures without Violence” (preventing domestic violence)
Implementing Organisation: National Center Against Violence NGO (http://www.safefuture.mn/)
Project description: The project will strengthen the capacity of one of the very few domestic shelters in Ulaanbaatar and their staff members to better protect women and children from domestic violence. The project will repair and upgrade the shelter, train staff, and provide vocational and skills-based training for victims.
Project name: “Together for Children” (health)
Implementing Organisation: Army Central Hospital’s Children’s Department
Project description: The project will strengthen the services and capacity of the Children’s Department of the Army Hospital through renovating facilities, providing additional beds, providing medical equipment, and training medical staff.
Project name: “Magic Bricks” (environment: waste management)
Implementing Organisation: Khangarid Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar (www.facebook.com/Khangarid.Rotary)
Project description: The project will train 20 low-income single mothers from Tsagaan Davaa landfill site and Nalaikh districts to manufacture paper bricks from recycled paper and cardboard and organize workshops. The paper bricks have been proven to be a good source of fuel for heating, helping to reduce pollution levels.
Project name: “Advanced Cardiac Life Support Training Course” (public health)
Implementing Organisation: Sukhbaatar Province Central Hospital (www.facebook.com/svkhbaatar.negdsenemneleg)
Project description: The project will improve the capacity of the hospital to treat cardiac illness. The hospital will undertake training for doctors and nurses in cardiac resuscitation and purchase equipment including specialised mannequins to be used in training.
Projects selected in 2016-17
Project name: “Hope for the Future Project” (agriculture)
Implementing Organisation: Family Agricultural Resources Mongolia NGO (website: www.farm.mn)
Project description: This project will support 25 vulnerable female headed households in Uvurkhangai province to engage in vegetable production for sustainable livelihood and food security.
Project name: Human Papilloma Virus in Mongolia (public health)
Implementing Organisation: National Cancer Council of Mongolia NGO (www.cancercouncilmongolia.mn)
Project description: The project will expand the collection of data on the impact of HPV vaccine on young girls of 19-20 years in Selenge and Umnugobi provinces. The activity will raise awareness and inform policy to help reduce or prevent cervical cancer in Mongolia
Project name: “Improving Public Services through CheckMyService Mobile Application” (governance)
Implementing Organisation: Democracy Education Center NGO ( www.demo.org.mn )
Project description: The project aims to improve transparent communications between citizens and Ulaanbaatar city administration to improve public services through piloting a new mobile application that enables feedback on service delivery.
Project name: “Providing Rights of Wellbeing and Playing Basketball to Local Youth Project”(sport)
Implementing Organisation: Trainer of Basketball B-TOBB Club NGO
Project description: The project will build basketball courts, provide sports clothing and equipment and establish basketball competitions for children from poor and vulnerable households in remote areas of Khentii province.
Project name: “Expanding Paper Craft Production Using Wasted Newspapers Project” (disability inclusive income generation)
Implementing Organisation: Mongolian National Association for Wheelchair Users (www.wheelchairusers.mn)
Project description: The project supports fifty mobility impaired women who use wheelchairs as well as women who have mobility-impaired children who use wheelchairs. The project will train these women in business management and develop skills in making items out of recycled newspapers, providing economic independence and sustainable income generation for their families..
Project name: “Partners for Protection Network Project” (domestic violence)
Implementing Organisation: National Center Against Violence NGO (www.safefuture.mn)
Project description: The project will strengthen the capacity of organisations and their staff members to better protect women and children from domestic violence.
Project name: “Engage Future Stewards of Conservation by Developing a Junior Ranger Program in Gateway Communities of Lake Khuvsgul National Park Project” (environment)
Implementing Organisation: Mongol Ecology Center NGO (www.mongolec.org)
Project description: The project will protect the environment in Khuvsgul National park through educating students from schools in Khatgal and Khankh villages and engaging them as “rangers”. The National Park is a strategically important water and biodiversity area in Mongolia.
Project name: “Greenways Waste and Recycling Education Center” (environment: waste management)
Implementing Organisation: Khangarid Rotary Club (www.facebook.com/Khangarid.Rotary) in partnership with KESAB Australian
Project description: The project will train teachers and students at School 9 and at the National Education University in Ulaanbaatar in environmental protection and recycling. Waste recycling centres will be built at both institutions.
Project name: “Establishment of the Classroom for Orientation in Surroundings at School for Visually Impaired and Blind Children” (disability)
Implementing Organisation: School 116 for Visually Impaired and Blind Children Nationwide
Project description: The project will build a classroom at School 116 to teach blind children how to navigate when they walk around Ulaanbaatar. This special room will help improve safety for blind children.
Project name: “Enhancing the Capacity of Mongolian Scouts to Support Youth Project” (youth empowerment)
Implementing Organisation: The Scout Association of Australia (website: www.scouts.com.au)
Project description: The project will construct an open air shelter at the Mongolian Scout Camp Grounds in Mongolia and promote partnership between Australian and Mongolian scouts.