Sustainable Water Fund - FDW

Published on:
29 November 2013
Last checked on:
30 November 2023

This facility is closed. You can no longer apply for a subsidy. We are happy to help share relevant information and advice.

The Sustainable Water Fund programme (FDW) is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) facility that aims to contribute to developing countries' water safety and water security in developing countries. In 2012, 2014, and 2016-2017, the FDW programme was opened for subsidy applications. A total of 42 projects received a subsidy. Projects that started in 2012 and 2014 have been completed or ended in 2021-2022. Most of the 2016-2017 projects will continue until 2025-2029.

Consult our advisors

Would you like to learn more about FDW or one of its projects? Although the facility is closed, we are happy to share relevant information and advice. Please email us, and one of our advisors will contact you.

Sustainable Development

FDW contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • SDG 6: clean water and sanitation;
  • SDG 8: decent work and economic growth.

To achieve these goals, we need to cooperate. FDW works with public-private partnerships between governments, businesses, NGOs and knowledge institutes. All partners contribute to inclusive, sustainable and scalable projects. Since 2012, FDW has granted a subsidy budget of 150 million euros. We have used this budget to support 42 public-private collaboration projects in 24 countries. These projects deal with drinking water and sanitation (WASH), agriculture water efficiency, and integrated water resource management (IWRM). Through PPPs, FDW projects contribute to sustainable economic growth, self-reliance and poverty reduction.

We call upon those working towards SDGs, especially governments, businesses and investors, NGOs, and knowledge institutes, to further explore joint public-private collaboration in the water domain.

Driving sustainable water management

Are you interested in finding out more about our results on water management? See our infographic Driving Sustainable Water Management below. Download the infographic for more information.

Driving sustainable water management shows the FDW approach and results achieved.

FDW in practice

FDW carries out 42 projects in 24 countries. Let our water security and water safety projects in developing countries inspire you. Watch the following videos, or read user stories about our projects via

For inspiration, watch our videos on YouTube:

Project partner community

Are you an FDW project partner? And would you like to share knowledge and cooperate with others? Then join the Partners in Sustainable Development Community. This community is for entrepreneurs, NGOs, knowledge institutes and government organisations that want to expand their network, share knowledge and best practices, learn from others and create future partnerships. All with the same goal: to work together to increase their impact and reach the SDGs. Sign up for the Partners in Sustainable Development Community.

Project management

Every year, the organisation that leads the project has to report on the progress. We will reimburse the subsidy contribution in predetermined instalments. Initially, all payments are advance payments. Read more about reporting:

FDW COVID-19 support subsidy

The deadline for applications closed on 27 August 2021. You can no longer apply for FDW COVID-19 support.

Laws, regulations and publications

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency set up the FDW programme. Read about the FDW policy framework and Dutch policy rules in the publications below:

  • Official notices;
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs grant decree;
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs grant regulations 2006;
  • Official notices;
  • Publications.

Official notices FDW

You can download the Official Notices of the FDW calls for 2021, 2017, 2016, 2014 and 2012 below.


Official notice in the Government Gazette 'Staatscourant' (in Dutch).


Official notice in the Government Gazette 'Staatscourant' (in Dutch).





The policy frameworks and rules refer to various other documents. These references can be found under the following links:

Communication and using logos

Cooperating partners that publish articles, videos, and projects can use the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' logo. Contact your programme advisor for more information.

Commissioned by:
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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