Australian High Commission
New Zealand
Cook Islands and Niue

Direct Aid Program

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

Australian High Commission Wellington



What is the Direct Aid Program?

The Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget and managed through Australia’s diplomatic missions. 

The program focuses on supporting small-scale developent projects and activities where the recipients are directly involved in identification, design and management of the projects.  Further information about DAP is available here.

This year, 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 the sections of either the Niue or Cook Islands application form (depending on where you are applying from) and submit it to the Australian High Commission in Wellington.  Make sure you complete the application form as we cannot consider incomplete application forms.

Contact details for the DAP administrator at the Australian High Commission can be found in the application form.

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


Applications must reach the Australian High Commission, Wellington, by

FRIDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2018 (New Zealand time).

Late applications may not be considered.



Application forms

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

COOK ISLANDS Direct Aid Program Application form – PDF

COOK ISLANDS Direct Aid Program Application form – Word format


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

NIUE Direct Aid Program Application form - PDF

NIUE Direct Aid Program Application form – Word format



Guidelines for the Australian High Commission Wellington Direct Aid Program 2018 – 2019


Applications may be made by non-governmental organisations, associations or community groups in the Cook Islands and Niue.


What we may fund:

 •            address one or more of our DAP target areas (health, education, building resilience in the community, supporting women, girls, and those with a disability)

•             have easily achievable outcomes

•             support good governance

•             focus on participation-based activities

•             build the capability of local organisations or individuals

•             are valued up to a maximum of NZ$10,000


What we will not fund:
•             travel or competition fees, or international conference attendance

•             prizes

•             commercial activities

•             micro-credit schemes

•             office administration costs and wages

•             purchases of equipment for private clubs, individuals or businesses

•             festivals or large celebrations

•             purchase or rental of property or land

•             applications from government ministries or entities

•             projects or proposals valued at more than NZ$10,000.


Assessment of applications

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

Applications will receive an email acknowledgement from the DAP administrator.  We will contact all applicants in October to advise of the outcome of their application.  All communication about the application will be sent to the contact person listed on the application.  We will provide feedback on applications on request for both successful and unsuccessful applications.  Detailed feedback may not be possible in all cases due to the volume of applications received. 


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 before the activity takes place.  If applicants need to make changes to the project description and objectives during implementation, it must be discussed and agreed to by the Australian High Commission contact person before they are actioned.  Successful projects will be required to appropriately acknowledge the Australian Government.