Australian High Commission
Independent State of Samoa
Also accredited to American Samoa

Direct Aid Program (DAP)


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.

Call for proposal rounds

             Round 1 opens

             Round 1 closes

               22 December 2023

              31 January 2024




Please note that DAP applications will need to be submitted online, instructions on how to do this have been provided below. Enquiries can be sent to [email protected].

The Australian High Commission office will be closed from 25 December and will reopen on 2 January 2024. All enquiries will be responded to when our office reopens, we thank you in advance for your patience.

What will be funded in 2023-2024?

In 2023-2024, DAP will prioritise projects that focus on:

  • Climate change (covering environment and sustainability)
  • Social Inclusion (comprising gender equality, disability, 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.

What do we mean by this?

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

  • Installation of solar lights for families in remote rural areas of Samoa.
  • In partnership with a local educational institution, a program to provide opportunity for people with hearing limitations to learn about Reef restorations in South Coast of Samoa.
  • Supporting farming co-ops by providing equipment to help grow and sustain their agricultural projects.  

What projects are NOT eligible?

The following projects are not eligible for funding under the Direct Aid Program:

  • Projects benefitting individuals or individual households, or commercial ventures
  • Routine running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts, routine maintenance and reports, or staff salaries
  • Purchase or rental of property, land or vehicles
  • Conferences, seminars or overseas travel
  • Maintenance of cemeteries or memorials
  • Issuing cash grants, cash prizes, grants program or micro-credit schemes.

Projects should be clearly defined and costs supported with quotations. The DAP committee members may conduct site visits to projects and request additional information as required.

If you intend to submit a proposal in excess of SAT20,000 please contact the Australian High Commission first—proposals over this amount will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

All applications will go through a thorough due diligence and vetting process. Applicants may be contacted to submit additional information during this process. Assistance is only provided where Australian or other support is not available to the recipients, or the support to which they have access is inadequate or inappropriate to meet essential needs.

How to apply:

  1. Enter and Register for your own Smarty Grants Account here:
  2. A link to your application form will be sent to your registered email if you need to revisit your application form.
  3. Fill in all relevant fields of the online application form for DAP on Smarty Grants.
  4. Attach reference letters to support your proposal e.g. Village council, support letter from MP.

                                                  Unfortunately not all applications received can be funded


If you have any questions, or would like a Samoan translation of the above information, please email [email protected].


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