(Note: This is call for concept notes, not for full proposal. The budget amount given is the total budget for this project. The donor has not specified any floor or ceiling for applicants. The donor provides technical support in turning a good concept note into a full-fledged proposal.) 

The Sustainable Water Fund programme (FDW) is a Public-Private Partnership facility (managed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency) that aims to contribute to water safety and water security in developing countries. The 2nd round of the programme opens in the fall of 2017. You can already submit your Concept Note.


With the FDW programme, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( supports collective initiatives between governmental bodies, industry and NGOs. Initiatives must focus on the themes:

  • improved access to drinking water and sanitation (including solid waste);
  • efficient and sustainable water use, particularly within agriculture;
  • safe deltas and improved basin management.


Planning for the 2nd round of the Sustainable Water Fund Grant Programme in 2017 is as follows:

  • deadline for Concept Notes: 8 December 2017
  • submit your grant applications (Full Proposal): between 1 October 2017 and 5 February 2018, 15.00 CET.

NGOs having experience of conceiving and implementing water related projects can apply. 

For more information, please visit the following link:

Sustainable Water Fund - Call for Concept Notes

How to Apply


Before you can submit a Full Proposal, you must hand in a Concept Note. After receiving an advice from, you can apply for a FDW grant with a Ful Proposal. Read more about the application process and criteria: