Australian Embassy
Serbia, Montenegro, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Direct Aid Program


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 You can find more information about the program at 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


• 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.

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• 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.


• 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.