The Australian Embassy is pleased to announce the following recipients of the Direct Aid Program (DAP) for 2021:

  • Simaliwal – increasing the supply and production of taro and medicinal herb products in the community;
  • Friends of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, Inc. – using dive training to educate children on the environment and promote sustainable careers in ecotourism;
  • Island Hope Center – providing health screening, education and intervention targeting non-communicable diseases;
  • Ngaraimiich – restoring the Ngituai-Kemeruul Btellul a Chang stone path and diangel in order to share traditional construction techniques and support fisheries;
  • Ngara Otellouch – controlling the “chewais” plant in Ngardok Lake, to ensure ongoing water quality and quantity with minimal environmental risks;
  • Palau Animal Welfare Society – addressing the overpopulation of dogs and cats in Palau with low-cost accessible sterilisation.

Congratulations to all recipients! Chargé d’affaires Gabriella Barnes appreciated the opportunity to congratulate recipients in person on Thursday 19 August. It was a pleasure to discuss the ways in which these projects will benefit the community.

DAP is a flexible, small grants program funded by the Australian Government. Funding of up to $10,000 is available to non-government organizations and community groups engaged in development projects.

The next round of applications will open in July 2022. For more information on this program, please contact the Australian Embassy, Palau on 488-4628 or

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