Australian Embassy

Direct Aid Program

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 2017-2018 are now closed.

Applications received after the deadline (5.00 pm Monday 18 September 2017, Kyiv time) have not been considered.

The Embassy of Australia in Ukraine has received over 300 applications for DAP 2017-2018. The DAP Committe has started its selection process.

It is expected that successful applicants will be advised in early November 2017, with contracts being formalised and funds being disbursed in late November 2017.

Please follow the Embassy web-site for further updates.


DAP in Ukraine 2016-2017

In 2016-17, the Australian Embassy in Ukraine  supported the following seven 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)

NGO "Eco-play"

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)

Handicap International

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.


Establishing the potential for successful social intergration for internally displaced women.

All-Ukrainian Charitable Oreganisation "CONVICTUS UKRAINE"

The project anticipates the creation of accommodation for 15 internally displaced women in the Center for psychosocial support in order to undergo the program that includes conflict relief support, social rehabilitation, social integration, self-employment. The Center has the All-Ukrainian status and accepts IDPs from the entire country.


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.