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Funding opportunities for NGOs

This page contains information on different grant programs administered by a variety of organisations that NGOs operating in Papua New Guinea can apply for to support their work.

Australia Awards PNG Alumni

The Australia Awards PNG Alumni is an organisation comprised of former Australia Award recipients from PNG.  The organisation offers small grants towards community-based projects in PNG.

Digicel Foundation

The Digicel Foundation provides part-funding for community based programs that:

  • Embrace and reflect the educational, social and cultural aspirations of the community
  • Address vital community needs
  • Encourage volunteerism and civic engagement
  • Promote opportunities for marginalized groups

The Foundation has a particular focus on social and cultural change through improving basic education and health services for all as well as offering support to those more vulnerable groups in the PNG society.

Direct Aid Program

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget and managed through 66 of the department’s overseas posts. The management of DAP varies from post to post. To find out more about how the Direct Aid Program is managed in PNG please visit the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea website.

Ethos Global Foundation

The Ethos Global Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit NGO that was founded in 2005. Its aim is to assist governments and their agencies to better deliver projects and services to communities and organisations through grass roots advocacy and networking. Their work is primarily based on development programs that support and nurture the interconnected nature of people, communities and their environment. Find out more about their project grants here.

FRIDA – The Young Feminist Fund

FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting global young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas.

Who can apply?

Groups founded or led by young women or trans* youth (under 30 years) that are committed to:

  • Advancing and defending women’s rights from a feminist perspective;
  • Improving the lives of young women/trans* youth at local, national, regional or international levels;
  • Inclusive organizing, collective action and feminist movement building
  • Groups, networks, or collectives based in the Global South (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, The Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central, Southern, Eastern Europe and Caucuses and Central Asia).
  • Groups founded in the past 6 years (i.e. your group was formed between 2009 – 2015).

Incentive Fund

The Australian Government funded Incentive Phase 4 program will identify and create incentives for high-performing organisations to expand both the reach and quality of their contribution to service delivery, economic development, or both, in Papua New Guinea.

Grants ranging between 1 million and 10 million PGK to a total of 160 million PGK may be allocated to organisations in a range of sectors including health, education, transport, law and justice, governance and public administration, agriculture and rural development.

Mundango Abroad

Mundango Abroad is a Private Ancillary Fund (PAF) that provides philanthropic support to Australian Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) organisations working in PNG that have a demonstrated commitment and track record on the ground and work in meaningful partnership with local communities and people. Mundango Abroad prioritises organisations that employ and engage local people to meet their own community’s challenges. This includes initiatives that develop local capacity, leadership, infrastructure and create jobs.  Mundango Abroad favours organisations that provide opportunities for local people to lead the organisations’ work, recognising the importance of supporting sound leadership and organisational health, as well as projects, to achieve social outcomes. They are open to funding core operational costs, capital expenditure and staff development where there is a demonstrated need.  

Mundango Abroad seeks to support grassroots community work that may not receive significant attention from governments and other major donors. 

While not exhaustive, Mundango Abroad supports initiatives that work towards:

  •        Improving health and education for women and children
  •        Developing skills
  •        Improving livelihoods

Contact details: 

Mrs Annabel Dulhunty (Chair)

Telephone: 0429 322379


Pacific Development and Conservation Trust

The Pacific Development and Conservation Trust was established by the New Zealand Government in 1989. Funding of $3.2 million was received from France in recognition of the events surrounding the destruction of the Greenpeace 'Rainbow Warrior' ship in Auckland Harbour on 10 July 1985. Every year the Trust has approximately $250,000 to distribute as grants to groups and individuals in the Pacific for a range of development and conservation projects.

UNDP GEF Small Grant Program

The UNDP provides small grants to assist civil society organisations for projects which align with initiatives in one or more focal areas that supports enhancement of livelihood as a way of relieving pressures to the environment.

U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby

Organizations interested in applying for Embassy administered grants should send their name, contact information, area of expertise and a short description of possible proposals to