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Global Water Foundation Grant

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Repayable grants that are given to SMMEs and local entrepreneurs to develop or make available simple technologies or services and create the necessary local markets. Local entrepreneurs often lack access to capital markets to develop a business. These grants assist them to get going. In the spirit of sustainability, the grants are repaid after a set time when the business is established.

 

What types of support will be offered?

  1. Local initiatives are prioritised through direct grants, based on reviewed project proposals, which include clear guidelines on monitoring and evaluation of the project processes.
  2. Both new and existing local projects are considered for direct grants: existing projects are supported with the clear understanding of scaling them up by using unique or innovative methodologies; new projects are supported depending on whether they fulfil the criteria set out for specific project types.
  3. Replication projects are supported through direct grants, where innovative ideas have been successful and need funding for expansion. This applies to implementation projects as well as product development.
  4. Repayable grants are given to SMMEs and local entrepreneurs to develop or make available simple technologies or services and create the necessary local markets. Local entrepreneurs often lack access to capital markets to develop a business. These grants assist them to get going. In the spirit of sustainability, the grants are repaid after a set time when the business is established. If the business fails to become sustainable the grant is not repeated unless the grantee clearly shows that its impact on the community warrants the repayable grant to be converted into a non-repayable donation.
  5. A combination of grants and loans is granted i.t.o. product development, manufacturing and distribution.

Grant Foci

  1. Strictly water and sanitation-related programmes and projects
  2. Strictly water and sanitation-related education issues
  3. Strictly water and sanitation-related technology issues

Grant Parameters

  1. Grant amounts are determined by the scope of the project
  2. Matching funding is encouraged

Grant Deadlines

Grant submissions can be made any time throughout the year and the Foundation will award grants at the discretion of the Board and Management.

 

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