Australian High Commission Samoa Direct Aid Program offers grants up to $20,000

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Local organisations and community groups can apply before 26 March for funding to support activities that benefit local communities. 

Targeting projects that focus on climate change, social inclusion and economic empowerment. 

They particularly welcome proposals that directly benefit vulnerable groups including women and girls, children, people living with disabilities and the elderly.

The Direct Aid Program complements Australia’s longer-term development partnership with Samoa, supporting local community efforts at a grassroots level. 

The Australian High Commission Samoa Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded by the Australian Aid bilateral program. It is designed to support local community groups and organisations engaged in development activities to complement the Australian development partnership with the Government of Samoa.

Climate change (covering environment and sustainability)Social Inclusion (comprising gender equality, disability, and social inclusion)

Economic empowerment (particularly where it intersects with social inclusion and/or climate change) Applications will be accepted from local community-based groups and organizations and need to demonstrate a strong benefit to local communities.

Priority will be given to creative and innovative applications that will spark additional development of the community.

“We particularly welcome proposals for projects that address or directly benefit the needs of vulnerable groups including women and girls, children, people living with disabilities and the elderly. Applicants can apply for up to SAT20,000.

“Here are some examples of innovative projects supported by the Direct Aid Program:

•Installation of solar lights for 100 families in remote rural areas (Samoa)

•In partnership with a local educational institution, a program to provide opportunities for people with motor limitations to practice water sports as therapy or to compete (South America)

•In partnership with multilateral organisations, implementation of a video game empowering girls against gender violence (South America).”