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 has now closed. It is currently not possible to apply for a FDW grant.

Concept note and full proposal

Before you can submit a full proposal, you must send in a concept note. After you have received advice from, you can apply for an FDW grant with a full proposal.

For more information, go to Full proposals. There you can also find the download package with all the documents you need to apply.


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.

Projects and budget FDW16

In the first round for FDW16, 10 projects were approved in 10 countries: 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. This consists of an FDW subsidy of € 22,575,374 and a sizeable own contribution from partners of € 18,055,696 (44%). The budget for the 2nd round of FDW16 is € 20,000,000.

Subsidy requirements

For full details of the subsidy requirements, please see the documents 'FDW16 Policy Framework' and 'Policy rules' on the Official notices page. Additional information for NGOs can be found on the page Private contribution and surety by NGOs.

Supporting workshops has previously organised workshops to offer support for writing proposals. The workshops discussed financial sustainability and revenue models, monitoring and evaluation, and corporate social responsibility. The presentations used during those workshops can be found under Publications.

Currently, there are no workshops planned.

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Projects overview

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.

World map FDW projects


Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) about FDW.

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