|John McAnulty Australian Consul General in HCM City (second from right) visits an Australian-sponsored project project in Bao Thanh Commune in the southern province of Ben Tre. — Photo Phunuonline.com.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — The Australian consulate in HCM City last week unveiled an aid programme for projects in central and southern Viet Nam in 2014-15.
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) provides grants for small-scale development projects aimed at addressing humanitarian hardship and developing disadvantaged communities.
DAP is a part of Australia's non refundable aid to Viet Nam, which is expected to total AU$141.3 million (US$131.1 million) in 2014-15.
Last year the consulate funded 11 projects in several sectors from healthcare to education and small-scale infrastructure.
DAP aims to make small grants available to community groups, NGOs, and other organisations who may not have access to large-scale aid or grants.
Guidelines and application forms for the grants are available on the consulate's website at www.hcmc.vietnam.embassy.gov.au. — VNS