The Australian consulate-general in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday awarded grants of A$260,000 (US$211,000) to 14 projects in sectors ranging from healthcare to education and small-scale infrastructure.
These projects, which received the funds under the Australian government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP), are in central and southern Vietnam.
At the signing ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, Consul General John McAnulty said: “Over the past three years I have visited a number of DAP projects throughout central and southern Vietnam.”
“I am always touched to see the huge difference our small amount of funding can make to people’s lives, like the excitement of rural kids who can wash their hands using clean water directly from a water system funded by DAP,” he said.
DAP is a small-scale community-based grants program which aims to assist individuals, community groups, NGOs, and other organizations that do not have access to large-scale aid programs.
DAP funding is a part of Australia’s non-refundable aid to Vietnam in 2014-15. The aid is expected to total roughly A$141.3 million (US$115 million).
This includes funding for Australia’s biggest aid project yet in Vietnam, the Cao Lanh bridge project. Work on the two-kilometer bridge spanning the Tien River in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap is underway.