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Funding Options for Adaptation
Small Activities Scheme 
Funding Source Bilateral banks (AusAID)
Focal Sector/s All
Nature of disbursement Grant
Eligible Region Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States
Summary Note The Small Activities Scheme aims to contribute to poverty reduction through small-scale interventions at community level, especially in nationally recognised poverty stricken areas. It is a flexible grants program enabling quick and effective disbursement in rural and poorer areas. The SAS is normally administered by the resident AusAID officer at the Australian Embassy or High Commission.
Examples Small grant schemes in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga and Solomon Islands provide funds for community generated climate change adaptation projects. In Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu, communities have increased their water storage capacity by constructing rainwater tanks. On the drought prone island of Aniwa in Vanuatu, communities have built small solar desalination stills capable of producing enough fresh water for drinking.
Contact details for further information
Relevant websites AusAID webpage on adaptation