Australian Embassy
Serbia
Serbia, Montenegro, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Direct Aid Program

DIRECT AID PROGRAM - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Closing date 30 September 2015

The Australian Embassy is calling for applications for the Direct Aid Program (DAP). DAP supports grassroots projects that directly impact communities, with a primary focus on projects dealing with human rights and freedom of expression, empowerment of women and girls, vulnerable groups (including people with disabilities), environmental issues and sport/cultural projects.

Further information is available from the DAP Coordinator on +381 11 3303 415 or belgrade.embassy@dfat.gov.au. You can find more information about the program at http://dfat.gov.au/aid/topics/development-issues/direct-aid-program/Pages/direct-aid-program.aspx. Applications must be submitted on the DAP application form (Project Assesment Form) no later than Wednesday 30 September 2015.

 

Projects supported by DAP in 2014-2015

Serbia

• Lawyers committee for human rights YUCOM – providing legal support to citizens, civil societies and other institutions following the May 2014 floods, including through the publication of the booklet “Days After” for flood victims.

• Ecological Movement “Moravski Orasac” – “My Well” project to clean and disinfect water wells in Trstenik and surrounding area following the May 2014 floods.

• Primary School Krupanj – purchase of sports equipment and painting a mural on the school sports hall devastated by the May 2014 floods.

• Belgrade Centre for Human Rights –training to address human rights issues and develop people to act as advocates.

• White Cane – purchase of a specialised computer for the blind and visually impaired to support their efforts towards independent living.

• House of Light – donation of a laptop and voice software to the blind children’s school “Milan Petrovic” in Novi Sad.

• Humanitarian Organisation of Citizens: Zeljom do ostvarenja – clothing for children with disabilities at the elementary school “Dragan Hercog’.

• Prostor – supporting the establishment of the Hearing Voices Network, a leading reform movement in the field of mental health, and training for people with mental illness and mental health professionals.
• Incest Trauma Centre Belgrade – production of an educational film on child sexual assault “Let’s talk about violence” and the development of an internet platform that works as an e-classroom to assist children and youth victims of assault.

• FONET Newsagency – production of a specialised independent wire service to inform the public about the new Serbian media legalisation and implementation process.

• Ethno Network – a project aimed at reviving rug (cilim) making in Pirot and Sombor.

• Women’s Association of Kolubara – improving the socioeconomic situation of vulnerable women (specifically single mothers, victims of domestic violence and women with disabilities) and assisting the Association for the Mentally Disabled in Lazarevac.

• Association of business women “Vision” – training to help unemployed women in Kragujevac to start their own business.

• Citizen’s Association “Zadrugica”- training workshops and upgrade of a showroom space to support small women’s business initiatives in Nis and south-east Serbia.

• Biljana Kovacevic – Vuco – working with high school girls aged 15-17 years to provide them with the skills to promote gender equality and pursue successful study and careers.

former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

• Ohrid Day Care Centre for people with intellectual disabilities – workshops for people with disabilities and carers to improve their ability to engage with the community and live a more independent and inclusive life.

• ZOK Mladina – ROS – working with schools to educate students on environmental issues and to improve waste management practices in Mavrovo Rostusa.

Montenegro

• Human Rights Action – advocacy for amendments to the media legislation in line with international standards, including the protection of privacy and due professional care for journalists.

• Women’s Alliance for Development – workshops to improve the lives of women in northern Montenegro by promoting entrepreneurship and greater engagement in the economy.