The Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) round for 2023-24 has closed.
Thank you to all those who applied, we hope to inform successful and unsuccessful applicants within the next month.
If you are a community group or NGO in Lebanon that missed out on applying this year, please check the 2023-24 DAP full Guidelines and timeline to learn more about the types of projects that we look for and the online application process. You can also see successful projects from previous years down below.
Each year we look for big impact projects all across Lebanon. Sustainability is key, and we love to see inclusive projects working on environmental protection, gender equality, disability inclusion, human rights and jobs and livelihood creation.
Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) of the Australian Embassy is a flexible, small grants program which focuses on relieving humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental objectives in Lebanon through projects that are consistent with Australia’s international relations and public diplomacy objectives. Each year, the Embassy’s DAP committee assesses proposals for small development projects from individuals, community groups and non-governmental organisations engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
To look at the projects the Embassy funded in 2020-2021, Please click here
To look at the projects the Embassy funded in 2019-2020, please click here
To look at the projects the Embassy funded in 2018-2019, please click here
To look at the projects the Embassy funded in 2017-2018, please click here
To look at the projects the Embassy funded in 2016-2017, please click here
To look at the projects the Embassy funded in 2015-2016, please click here
To look at the projects the Embassy funded in 2014-2015, please click here
To look at the projects the Embassy funded in 2013-2014, please click here
To look at the projects the Embassy funded in 2012-2013, please click here
Australian Government’s Humanitarian Assistance 2021-2023
Lebanon is experiencing an unprecedented financial and economic crisis, which ranks as one of the most severe globally since the mid-19th century. Today, 3.2 million people living in Lebanon are in need of humanitarian assistance. The World Bank has estimated that more than half of the Lebanese population is living below the poverty line. Almost nine in ten displaced Syrian households are living in extreme poverty, while poverty levels are also rising dramatically among Palestine refugee populations. The COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating Beirut port explosion have compounded Lebanon’s challenges.
Meanwhile, the conflict in neighbouring Syria has created one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world. More than a decade of war has left over 14.6 million people in Syria (6.5 million children) in need of humanitarian assistance, an increase of 1.2 million since 2021. This includes 7 million internally displaced people within Syria. A further 5.6 million Syrians are registered as refugees in neighbouring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. Over the past eleven years, Lebanon has been a generous host, welcoming an estimated 1.5 million displaced Syrians [the highest number of refugees per capita in the world].
Since 2011, the Australian Government has provided over AU$500 million in humanitarian assistance to support people in need in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. This includes over AU$120 million to Lebanon since 2017. In Lebanon, our funding supports vulnerable Lebanese communities and Syrian refugees by providing humanitarian assistance, protection services and livelihood opportunities. Funding under this investment will continue through 2022 and 2023 and is delivered through UN agencies, international and local humanitarian organisations and partners.