Sustainable Water Fund (FDW)

The Sustainable Water Fund programme (FDW) is a Public-Private Partnership facility 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.

Projects and budget FDW16

In the first round for FDW16, 10 projects in 10 countries have been approved: 7 in Africa and 3 in Asia. The projects are divided into the following themes:

  • improved access to drinking water and sanitation (including solid waste): 5
  • efficient and sustainable water use, particularly within agriculture: 1
  • safe deltas and improved basin management: 4

The total project budget is € 40,630,070, which consists of an FDW subsidy of € 22,575,374 and a sizeable own contribution from partners of € 18,055,696 (44%).

Supporting workshops has previously organised workshops to support you in writing your proposal. Earlier workshops discussed ‘Financial Sustainability and revenue models’, ‘Monitoring and Evaluation’ and ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’. Currently, no workshops are planned.

The presentations of the workshops can be found under Publications.

Get inspired

Read how other entrepreneurs successfully used an FDW grant in our showcases.

All FDW projects can be found on the interactive map at This portal offers an overview of all official development aid (ODA) projects and programmes executed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( You can refine your search by using filter options such as country, sector and programme.

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