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Advance announcement: grants for solutions to the global water supply issue.

28 June 2012

If you would like to enter into a partnership with domestic or foreign players in the water sector (and you are active in this sector as well), you may qualify for a grant! The project must be focused on solving water-related issues in a number of so-called delta and target countries. Your project must subsequently be carried out in one of these countries.

The Delta Countries are: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Mozambique and Vietnam.

The Target Countries are: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and South Africa.

The delta countries therefore are target countries as well.

The objective of the Global Water Grants Programme is to bundle the strengths of parties involved in the water sector based in the Netherlands and abroad and to strengthen the position of these parties as a means of contributing to solving the global water issue.

You can only qualify for a grant by entering into a partnership with third parties. This includes the following: a partnership involving companies, research institutions or non-governmental organisations from a member state in the European Union, of which at least two participants are based in the Netherlands.

Municipalities, provinces and water boards are not mentioned separately here: they can form part of a partnership if the activities they carry out for a project are to be qualified as economic activities. This would include activities that could also be carried out by a consulting firm or a consultant.

Below is a summary of the types of projects that qualify for a grant:

  • An environmental feasibility assessment projectresulting in a report concerning the feasibility of an environmental investment project focused on solving water issues in the target country;
  • A pilot project focused on solutions to water issues in the target country: this involves demonstrating or validating the relevant product, process or service in a trial set-up;
  • A knowledge strengthening projectfocused on strengthening the knowledge of solutions to water issues in the target country. However, a project of this nature may not be related to the salary costs of the personnel employed by the requester in the target country or the salary and travel expenses of those taking the training;
  • A combined project comprising a combination of the above-referenced projects, whereby the sub-projects can be distinguished from each other and have a clear substantive interrelationship.

Combined projects carried out in one or more delta countries must be related to one, or several, of the following water-related themes:

  • Climate
  • Food and ecosystems
  • Drinking water and sanitation
  • Safety
  • Governance.

The maximum duration of a project is 2 years. The maximum costs that are eligible for a grant are €150,000 (environmental feasibility assessment project), €600,000 (pilot project), €250,000 (knowledge strengthening project) or the costs allowed for the sub-project with the highest permissible costs that are eligible for a grant (combined project).

The grant must be a minimum of €25,000 and, according to the type of project and the type of requester, varies from 25% to 80% of the costs eligible for a grant. In terms of the type of requester, a distinction is made between research institutes, non-governmental organisations and small, medium sized or large enterprises.

You can submit your grant application from 16 July to 12 September inclusive.

Do you see how this could apply to your organisation or would you like additional information on this grants programme?

In that case feel free to contact us without obligation: +31 (0)73 521 95 62.

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