Australian Embassy

Direct Aid Program

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.

DAP is open to all not-for-profit community groups, non-governmental organisations, and other non-profit entities engaged in development activities in Mongolia.

General DAP Guidelines can be found here


Applications sought for grants under the Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2017-18

Please read:     DAP Guidelines

                               DAP Application Form (download here)

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 2017-18, the Mongolia DAP will aim to fund projects in the following sectors:

  • Health, with a focus on community health, combating communicable diseases, cancer, emergency medicine and facilitating  medical services for minorities
  • Agriculture and rural development focused on diversification of livelihoods, extending growing seasons and facilitating public-private partnerships
  • Gender equality and women’s empowerment, focusing on women in leadership, ending violence and protecting women and children 
  • Education, with a particular focus on access for disadvantaged children and children with special needs.
  • Youth empowerment in remote/poor communities
  • Good governance, including strengthening non-government organisations, media and peak industry/sectoral groups.
  • Human rights focusing on empowering minorities and eliminating discrimination
  • The environment focused on practical improvement in air and/or water and /or land pollution
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Disaster prevention and response


Applications will be considered from individuals, community groups, the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local government agencies or other not-for-profit organisations. International organisations are not eligible to apply directly but are welcome to form partnerships with local NGOs or other organisations. All applications must demonstrate that they are not-for-profit.

Projects that have received grants, or applied for grants, from other donors are not eligible for DAP funding, unless

  1. the DAP funding is for a stand-alone component of a broader activity that is explicitly excluded from other sources of funding OR
  2. 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 are not eligible for DAP funding.

Activity Size and Duration

DAP will select a mix of single-year projects and two-year projects. Projects with a one-year duration should be in the range of $10,000 to a maximum of $30,000. Projects with a duration of 2-financial years should be in the range of $20,000 to a maximum of $60,000, with a maximum of $30,000 per year.

DAP activities will be limited to a maximum duration of two financial years (final completion and full financial acquittal must be no later than 30 June 2019), no extensions will be provided beyond the two-year limit.

How to Apply

Applications in English-language must be lodged by 5 pm (Mongolia time) on 23 June 2017 by email to  Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Please email or call 7013 3001 if you have any questions regarding the application process. 


2016 – 2017 Selected DAP Projects


Project name: “Hope for the Future Project” (agriculture)

Implementing Organisation: Family Agricultural Resources Mongolia NGO (website:

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 (

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 ( )

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 ( 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:

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.


2017 – 18 DAP Grants

Applications for 2017 – 2018 DAP grants will be sought in June 2017. Advertisements will appear on this website as well as in the local press.