Grant seekers

Grant seekers

We understand how difficult it can be to obtain funding for your work, so you may find the resources below useful in your search.

Funding guides and third party funding opportunities which could be of interest to our clients will be posted in this section.  For any questions regarding these funding opportunities please contact the donor directly.

International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management

The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management is an internationally recognised prize acknowledging leadership in the implementation of the principles of sustainability in watershed management. Every year $US150,000 is awarded by an international jury to either one, or across several, projects. The award is a result of Swiss Re Foundation’s commitment to water protection projects in the face of a grave need for sustainable access to clean water supplies in developing and emerging countries. For details, visit:


The Desal Prize

The Desal Prize seeks to incentivize the creation of a small-scale brackish water desalination unit that can provide potable water for humans, as well as water appropriate for livestock and crops in developing countries. The goal is to find and support the best science and technology innovations that can desalinate brackish water for human and agricultural use. Applicants are encouraged from any eligible country. Look for the Desal Prize call in June 2014. For details, visit:


Humanitarian Innovation Fund

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) has launched a new program of work to stimulate innovation in emergency water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). This new initiative is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and is seeking to use new innovation management approaches to address some of the most pressing challenges faced by emergency WASH practitioners working in humanitarian crises globally.

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund small grant facility is open all year round and offers grants of up to £20,000 for the recognition, invention and diffusion of a humanitarian innovation. For details, visit:


ONE International -- 2014 Africa Award

Applications are invited from individuals and civil society organizations based in Africa that help Africans meet one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Applicants must be involved in advocacy to achieve the MDGs. The recipient will receive an award of up to US $100,000 to expand their work. The 2013 cycle has recently wrapped up, and the deadline for the 2014 award will be announced in January.

For more information and eligiblity criteria, please visit:


Foundation Ensemble

The Foundation Ensemble Programs Fund supports projects in water, sanitation, and sustainable development, among other sectors. There are two types of grants provided:

- The small grants fund, providing between €3,000 and €30,000 for up to two years. Organizations must have an annual budget under €100,000. Funding is limited to 50% of total project costs. The deadline for applications (French or English) will be announced in December 2013. For details, visit:

- The program fund, for organizations working in Cambodia, Mozambique, Ecuador, Laos, Peru and Benin. Provides €50,000 per year for up to 4 years. Funding is limited to 50% of total project costs.The deadline for applications (French or English) will be announced in December 2013. For details, visit:


Inter-American Foundation’s Grant Program for Grassroots NGOs in Latin America and the Caribbean

The United States Government’s Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is an independent agency that provides financial support to programs that foster self-help in a sustainable, innovative and participatory manner implemented by NGOs and CBOs in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IAF funds the self-help efforts of grassroots groups in Latin America and the Caribbean to improve living conditions of the disadvantaged and the excluded, enhance their capacity for decision-making and self-governance, and develop partnerships with the public sector, business and civil society. The IAF does not identify problems or suggest projects; instead it responds to initiatives presented. Projects are selected for funding on their merits rather than by sector. Proposals may be submitted throughout the year and will be reviewed as they are received. All submissions must conform to the guidelines posted here link.