A DAP-funded project for the oncology hospital in HCM City (Photo courtesy of the Australian Consulate General in HCM City)
 
HCM City (VNA) - The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City announced on August 20 that it has opened applications for the grants round for the 2018-2019 Direct Aid Programme (DAP), which is dedicated to projects in provinces and cities from Da Nang southwards.

Community groups, non-government organisations, government organisations and other non-profit groups are encouraged to apply for grants of up to 20,000 AUD (15,000 USD) for small-scale development projects.

This year the DAP will be focusing on healthcare, women’s economic empowerment, gender equality, environmental protection, and education and training. However, other areas will also be considered. The deadline for applications is September 28.

DAP funding is competitive. In 2017-2018 the Australian Consulate-General funded 17 projects out of the 153 applications received, worth 240,000 AUD.

Information on DAP in the northern provinces is available at the Australian Embassy on its Hanoi website.-VNA