Australian Embassy
Federated States of Micronesia

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not taking public appointments at this time. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need. If you require urgent assistance, please contact our Consular Emergency Centre, Canberra (Australia): +61 2 6261 3305.

Changes to Smartraveller

Important changes to Smartraveller are coming. Our new Smartraveller website will be launched in November. It will include a simpler system for getting travel advice updates and a new approach to registration.

Travellers have told us what they want most from Smartraveller is timely travel advice.  We’ve listened, and we’re working on a subscription service that will deliver the latest updates to your inbox and SMS critical alerts in a crisis.

As part of the update we no longer ask Australians to register their travel before departure.  

From November, Smartraveller’s registration system will activate only when there’s a crisis overseas.  

The service we provide to Australians in difficulty overseas is not changing. 

You’re still welcome to register your travel with Smartraveller until November.  

As always, we encourage Australians overseas to stay in touch with friends and family and let them know you’re safe.

If you need immediate assistance, you can call the Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas or 1300 555 135 from within Australia.

For more information on the changes, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au/

 

Australian Grants

Direct Aid Program (DAP) Guidelines

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme available to non-government organizations and community groups to support small-scale sustainable development projects and activities within their groups or communities. 

Funding limit of grants is USD$20,000.00 per application.

Submissions should demonstrate a commitment on the part of the local authorities and/or people who will be the beneficiaries to implement and sustain the project.  DAP projects should be designed to benefit the whole community and must always respect human rights and gender equity as well as being environmentally sound.

Preference in funding will be given to projects addressing the following:

  • Education (e.g., basic education, teacher training and workshops)

  • Health (e.g., improving access, community preventative health education campaigns)

  • Women (e.g., skills training for income generation, addressing gender issues)

  • Youth (e.g., training in job and life skills)

  • Minorities and disadvantaged groups

  • Environment (e.g., recycling, environmental health awareness)

  • Community development (e.g., training/ organizational strengthening in planning, leadership, and project management.

Generally, the following costs will NOT be funded:

  • start-up capital

  • staffing or sitting fees

  • household effects and personal items

  • fundraising, donations, or prizes

  • applications from private individuals

  • items of a recurrent nature (e.g., spare parts, supplies, maintenance & repairs, replacement equipment, gasoline, oil, salaries & wages)

  • major infrastructure (e.g., roads, buildings, classroom etc)

  • international or domestic travel, overseas study tours, offshore training or per diem expenses 

  • meeting, seminar, or conference attendance 

  • micro credit loans

  • activities which are for promoting religious or political purposes

  • scholarships

  • purchase of vehicles, trailers, and machinery such as tractors, outboard motors and boats

  • construction of major facilities

Assessment of Applications

Proposals will be assessed by the DAP Committee based on:

  • conformity with the objectives and guidelines of the DAP program

  • the costs and developmental benefits of the proposal

  • the appropriateness of the expenditure proposed

  • achievable and sustainable outcomes

  • soundness of the project’s objectives and design

How can we apply?

DAP applications are done on our online link  https://dap.smartygrants.com.au/PohnpeiDAP2021-22

For more information please contact us by email: [email protected]