Australian High Commission
New Zealand
Cook Islands and Niue

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

Direct Aid Program (DAP)




What is the Direct Aid Program?

The Australian Government’s DAP is a flexible small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget and managed through the department’s overseas posts. The program focuses on supporting small-scale development projects and activities that involve the recipients in the identification, design and management of the projects. Further information on the DAP is available here.

In 2016, the Australian High Commission in Wellington is accepting applications from the Cook Islands and Niue.  Applications are welcomed for individual projects of up to NZ$10,000.

How do you apply for a Direct Aid Program grant?

Complete all sections of the relevant application form (below) and submit it to the Australian High Commission in Wellington

Contact details for the DAP administrator at the Australian High Commission are located in the application form.

Please note: read the application carefully.  You might need to attach additional information, such as project approval from relevant schools, quotes for equipment, construction plans and additional budget detail.


Applications must reach the Australian High Commission, Wellington by

SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 2016 (New Zealand time)

Unfortunately, late applications cannot be considered


Application forms

If you are applying from the Cook Islands, please use the Cook Islands Direct Aid Program Application:

COOK ISLANDS Direct Aid Program Application form – PDF VERSION

COOK ISLANDS Direct Aid Program Application form – WORD VERSION


If you are applying from Niue, please use the Niue Direct Aid Program Application:

NIUE Direct Aid Program Application form – PDF VERSION

NIUE Direct Aid Program Application form – WORD VERSION

Guidelines for the Australian High Commission Wellington Direct Aid Program 2015-16

Who may apply for a Direct Aid Program grant?

Applications may be made by a Cook Islands or Niue Non-Governmental Organisation or by a ministry of the Cook Islands or Niue Governments. All grants must be implemented solely in the Cook Islands or Niue.


What projects will be funded?

Innovative and well prepared applications are encouraged with preference given to those projects which:

  • are easily achievable and will have impact 
  • have a focus on participation based activities
  • build the capability of organisations or individuals
  • help build or enhance communities
  • include one of the following target groups: children aged 6–18; women and girls; people with a disability; people in remote or rural communities.


Assessment of applications

A selection committee from the Australian High Commission Wellington will select applications based on merit and the selection criteria.

All applications received will be acknowledged by email and will be contacted by November 2016 to advise if their application has been successful or unsuccessful.  All communication regarding this will be directed to the contact person listed on the application.  Feedback on applications will be available upon request for successful and unsuccessful applications. Due to the volume of applications received, detailed feedback may not be possible in all cases.

Project implementation

Successful applicants must sign a Letter of Agreement with the Australian High Commission that binds them to a specific project description and objectives.  Any changes that must to be made during project implementation must be discussed and agreed to by the Australian High Commission contact person before activity takes place.  Successful projects are required to appropriately acknowledge the Australian Government.