DFAT invites proposals from eligible Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to implement gender and socially inclusive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects in South Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific through the Water for Women Fund.

The Fund is a flagship program in Australia’s engagement in WASH and is part of Australia's commitment to the High Level Panel on Water. The Fund will invest $110.6 million over five years to December 2022 to improve the health, gender equality and well-being of Asian and Pacific communities through inclusive, sustainable WASH projects.

The Fund will draw on the strengths and comparative advantages of CSOs, recognised as key partners in Australia’s aid program. A Fund Coordinator (subject to a parallel open tender) will support the work of CSOs and DFAT.

DFAT will hold one applicant briefing for interested organizations at 2.00pm, 25 August 2017 at the DFAT Victoria State Office, Level 14, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne. RSVP for attendance at this briefing is due via email to by COB 23 August 2017. See Section 4.2 of the Competitive Grant Guidelines for more details.



  1. DFAT invites proposals for projects from civil society and not-for-profit organisations that are currently engaged in promoting access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in Asian and Pacific countries.

This includes Australian not-for-profit organisations:

  1. Accredited by DFAT for the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP); and/or
  2. Signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct.
  3. DFAT also invites proposals from non-Australian civil society and not-for-profit organisations engaged in the sector (including international and partner country organisations).

Note: If not accredited by DFAT, shortlisted organisations may be contacted and given seven (7) days to provide other documents to help DFAT and the Fund Coordinator assess the organisation’s management capacity, systems and operations. These documents include:

  1. a copy of the organisation’s constitution or articles of association;
  2. evidence that the organisation is signatory to an equivalent to the ACFID Code of Conduct;
  3. an audited annual financial statement certified by a public accountant who is not a member of the organisation;
  4. a copy of the organisation’s annual report, or a similar document; and
  5. an outline of the organisation’s work program.
  6. DFAT also invites proposals involving consortia. The membership of consortia will not be limited to DFAT accredited civil society organisations (CSOs) and may include universities, private enterprise, regional organisations, inter-governmental organisations and other international organisations. Consortium proposals must be accompanied by a Consortium Agreement signed by each consortium partner. The Agreement should include a short description of each partner and details of its corporate commitment and involvement in the proposal.
  7. The Applicant CSO will be accountable for all funds. The Grant Agreement shall be signed with the Applicant CSO, and the Applicant CSO is responsible to DFAT for the performance of all partners included in a proposal under the Grant Agreement.
  8. Applicant CSOs are eligible to submit multiple proposals – one for each project in a specific country. Each project may be implemented across a number of sites in the country. CSOs submitting multiple proposals acknowledge that they are making commitments to each proposal to undertake all of the activities detailed in a given proposal – irrespective of any decision on any other proposal.
  9. In proposals involving consortia, DFAT reserves the right to reassess any proposal if, following submission, the membership of a successful consortium proposal changes, including withdrawing consortium member(s).
  10. Organisations submitting proposals must not have any reason preventing them from operating in the country/s of their proposed project/s.
  11. All organisations seeking DFAT funding must have regard to and comply with, relevant and applicable laws, guidelines, regulations and policies, including those in Australia and in the country where projects are implemented. A list, as amended from time to time, of Australian laws and guidelines that may apply to the delivery of developmental aid to foreign countries can be found on the DFAT website: This list is not exhaustive and is provided for information only.
  12. Organisations should note that individuals with conflicting commitments and current and Former DFAT Employees must not be included in the proposal or as individuals who may be engaged by the applicant if selected through the assessment process described in these Guidelines. DFAT may reject any proposal which does not disclose the fact that a proposed team member has an existing and continuing commitment to another DFAT project or activity.
  13. Proposals compiled with the assistance of current DFAT employees or former DFAT employees will be excluded from consideration.
  14. ‘Former DFAT Employee’ means a person who was previously employed by DFAT, whose employment ceased within the last nine (9) months and who was substantially involved in the design, preparation, appraisal, review and or daily management of the program to which this grant program relates.
How to Apply

Proposals must be submitted online: 

Online Proposal Submission

Guidelines - MS Word

Guidelines - PDF