Australia launches 2013-14 direct aid program for southern Vietnam

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The Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday launched its 2013 2014 "Direct Aid Program" (DAP) for projects in southern Vietnam.

It called for organizations and individuals to apply for opportunities to fund their projects.

Funded by the Australian Government, DAP provides grants for small-scale development projects aimed at alleviating humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes in disadvantaged communities.

It is available to individuals, community groups, NGOs, academic institutions, libraries, museums, and other organizations engaged in development activities in Vietnam on a not-for-profit basis. 

The program is administered in Vietnam's northern provinces by the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, and in southern provinces by the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City.

Typically, grants of up to US$10,000 per project are available for applicants. Under special circumstances, grants of up to $30,000 may also be considered.

Last financial year, the Australian Government provided DAP of approximately VND2.9 billion ($137,506) to 13 projects in southern Vietnam that covered community health, education and small-scale infrastructure projects. 

For 2013-14, the Australian Consulate-General will prefer applications for projects that address gender equality and women's empowerment. 

The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Friday October 11, 2013.

DAP guidelines and advice on how to submit an application can be found on the Australian Consulate General website at Only applications that meet all set criteria are selected for funding.

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