The Australian Government in conjunction with the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) is offering small grants for various community and developmental projects to local Community groups and local government organizations, NGOs, and other entities engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Since 2005, the Australian Government has been supporting DAP projects in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. DAP is a small grants program through which the Australian Government supports development projects that contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. For the year 2019-2020 DAP will support local projects which focus on the following areas:1. addressing community health challenges and non-communicable diseases e.g. health screening service, public health campaigns, sporting projects;2. promoting human rights including projects that empower women, youth, Indigenous communities and people with disability, e.g. capacity building training;3. improving access to safer water and levels of sanitation and hygiene in communities e.g. water tanks/systems, sanitation facilities; and4. promoting sustainable environmental practices e.g. protection of coral reefs, sustainable fishing and sustainable agricultural practices.For more information on the DAP application process and requirements, interested groups can visit the Australian High Commission’s website at:https://trinidadandtobago.highcommission.gov.au/ptsp/cooperation.html.The first round of DAP applications for 2019-2020 was opened on September 14, 2019 with a closing date of October 20, 2019.The second round of DAP applications is scheduled to be opened on December 7, 2019 and closes on 12th January 2020.