Direct Aid Program (DAP)
Australia’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme supporting development activities in approximately 45 countries. Funding is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, community groups, NGOs and other entities engaged in development activities.
Applications for funding of projects in Ukraine for 2016-2017 are now closed. Application for funding of projects in 2017-18 will open in August 2017.
Please address all applications and enquiries to AustEmbKyiv@dfat.gov.au with “DAP application” or “DAP enquiry” indicated in the subject.
DAP in Ukraine 2016-2017
In 2016-17, the Australian Embassy in Ukraine is supporting the following DAP projects in Ukraine.
The Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project (Dnipro)
Canada Ukraine International Assistance Fund
The project is introducing western standards and practices of medical care to Ukrainian institutions, medical specialists and persons with disability. Bringing to Ukraine western medical experts to train their Ukrainian counterparts in prosthetics maintenance and rehabilitation, the project intends to create a novel sustainable system of physical, social, vocational and psychological rehabilitation; to improve standards of prosthetic treatment; and to develop professional training and mentoring services for persons with disability in Ukraine. While in Ukraine, the project team will also provide specialised fitting of sports prosthetics for members of the Ukrainian team who have been invited to compete at the Invictus Game 2017 in Toronto, Canada (a good warm-up for the Invictus Games 2018 in Sydney, Australia!).
Don’t change climate – educate youth! (Yaremche, Ivano-Frankivsk region)
This project aims to enhance sustainability through environmental protection. Effective environmental education tools for children will be introduced and applied, including through the promotion of outdoor activities in order to raise awareness about nature heritage and climate change effects. Activities such as these are invaluable in ensuring the continued protection and respect of Carpathian National Nature Park – a priceless natural resource in Ukraine. The project hopes to lay the foundation for the future introduction of the Ukraine Junior Park Ranger program.
Community oriented project “I can” (Lyman, Donetsk region, Starobilsk and Severodonetsk, Luhansk region)
Ukraine NGO Forum
Aiming to facilitate integration of IDPs in local communities, the project seeks to develop hubs for IDPs and local communities for various scopes of educational, cultural, leisure activities in Donetsk oblast. Such hubs will enable greater communication and personal exchanges between IDPs and the host communities, support new initiatives in the community, and reduce tensions where they may develop.
Dental equipment for orphanage for children with disabilities (Bila Tserkva, Kyiv region)
International Charity Fund Lotus
New dental equipment will be purchased to provide greater dental care for children in the Bila Tserkva orphanage. Many children at the orphanage suffer from mental and physical developmental challenges. This new equipment will improve the quality of life and health care for these disadvantaged children.
Creative art-therapy studio for children from disadvantaged families (Kyiv)
International Charity Fund Lotus
The project will launch a creative art-therapy studio for delivering creative, learning and art-therapy classes for children from disadvantaged families. Art-therapy classes led by certified teachers and therapists will be delivered to enhance the emotional and mental health of children from vulnerable families, contributing to a better well-being and quality of life for children and their families alike.
Improving the quality of life of war-affected people with disability in Ukraine (Luhansk region)
The goal of the project is to improve the functional independence of disabled people who have been adversely affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Direct functional rehabilitation care and adapted assistive devices will be provided to those in need, sustained through the training of caregivers, health and social workers who will continue the work in the years to come. The project will support the ongoing work of Handicap International in Ukraine over the longer term.
DAP in Ukraine 2015-2016
In 2015-16, the Australian Embassy in Ukraine supported the following four DAP projects in Ukraine.
Livelihood and Self-esteem Improvement of Internally Displaced Women
The project seeks to empower Internally Displaced Women economically and improve their livelihood security by practical training courses in Drohobych, Lviv region. Women will be provided with new professional skills for further practical application in order to help them to earn their living, improve their economical as well as psychological state.
Assistance for the most vulnerable IDPs: single mothers with children
The project seeks to provide basic needs assistance to conflict affected housekeeping women (85 IDP families) living in government controlled Ukrainian territories – Berdyansk, Zaporizhzhya region. The project will provide vouchers for the women to obtain items for winterization, food and hygiene items.
Dzherelo Children’s Rehabilitation Centre Kindergarten & School Department Support
The Project seeks to implement a Tomatis Method listening program therapy, which proved to be one of the most effective in the work with children with behavioural disabilities. Using the Tomatis Method Dzherelo Children’s Rehabilitation Centre will be a pioneer in that field in Lviv and will serve for more quantity of children and youth not only from Lviv region but all over Ukraine.
Advanced Radiological Centre
The project seeks to improve the quality of the diagnostic of the paediatric patients with leukaemia and other mortal blood diseases.