Australian Embassy

Development cooperation

 The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) administers most of Australia’s overseas aid program. The objective of the aid program is to assist developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia’s national interest.

More information on the Australian Government bilateral aid program in Cambodia can be found here.

The ASEAN and East Asia Regional aid program also has activities in Cambodia. More information on these programs can be found here.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP)


DAP is a flexible, small grants program funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and managed through its overseas posts. DAP plays an important role in contributing to Australia’s development objectives in Cambodia and promoting cooperation and exchange between Australia and Cambodia. It provides a mechanism for the Australian Government to support the work of local organisations. 

The purpose of the DAP is to assist developing countries to reduce poverty and assist in sustainable development. Funding is available to organisations engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis. Further information on DAP is found here.

The Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh is now calling for Expressions of Interest for new DAP projects.

In 2019-20, the Australian Embassy will offer two types of grants with a maximum duration of 12 months.

1.      DAP Project Grants of between AUD$15,000 and AUD$25,000; and
2.      DAP Small Grants of between AUD$5,000 and $10,000

International and local non-government organisations, institutions legally registered in Cambodia and private sector organisations involved in community development are welcome to apply.

Applications for DAP funding will need to address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Human rights, including gender equality and opportunities for minority groups
  • Promoting inclusive business initiatives that have a positive social impact
  • Environmental management and sustainable development
  • Developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics capacity

Proposals which also achieve one or more of the following will be considered favourably:

  • Strengthen partnerships between Cambodia and Australia
  • Enhance the implementation of international norms to which Cambodia is a party
  • Support women leaders and Cambodian youth
  • Strengthen Cambodian cultural and artistic institutions
  • Leverage funding or in-kind support from other sources.

Application Process

The DAP Guidelines outline eligibility criteria, the application process and answer a range of relevant questions on DAP. The DAP Guidelines also contain the template of an Expression of Interest form.

Interested applicants must read these DAP Guidelines carefully before completing and submitting the form. The Expressions of Interest must be filled in English and must not deviate from the template or exceed the specified word limits. The applicant organisation or institution (not a third party) must complete the form.

The deadline for submitting Expression of Interest forms is 5.00 pm, 3 October 2019 and are submitted via email to [email protected]

Late applications will note be accepted.

Further information of the application process is found in the DAP Guidelines