Asian Development Bank (ADB): Inviting Applications to try out your innovative solution to your local water problem, be it an approach, a technology, or a business model.

Donor Name: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Funding name: PDA Grant

Funding brief: ADB provides $50,000 grant for trying out innovative local solutions to Asia’s water challenges, with the intention of replicating and scaling up such successful practices across the region called Pilot and Demonstration Activities, these small water projects test and validate approaches, technologies, and business models to improve water resources management and water services delivery.

Launched in 2002, ADB’s Water Pilot and Demonstration Activities (PDAs) program offers $50,000 grants for small-scale water pilot projects to government clients, nongovernment organizations, and academic or research institutions. The program tests and validates innovative local ideas for improving water resources management and water services delivery, which can be replicated or scaled up across the region to fast-track water sector development. PDAs are:
Small-scale: locally based
Low-cost: US$50,000
Short-term: up to 12 months implementation
Replicable and/or Scalable

PDAs were introduced as a program under the Cooperation Fund for the Water Sector (CFWS), a multi-donor facility that promotes effective water management policies and practices in Asia and the Pacific. Today, the Water Financing Partnership Facility (WFPF) provides continued support for the PDA program.

Themes: PDAs test new ideas and validate their applicability covering five specific but overlapping themes:
● policy, legislation, and regulatory reforms
● institutional arrangements
● public awareness and water education
● appropriate technology
● participation, inclusive approaches, and multi-stakeholder representation.

These themes serve as guideposts to ensure that the PDAs continuously reach to test and demonstrate the value of new ideas in as many aspects of water operations as possible, and do not focus too narrowly on a particular thematic area or type of project.

Coverage: PDAs directly support larger ADB projects or sector work. These projects provide support for developments in:
● rural water, covering rural water supply and sanitation, and irrigation and drainage;
● urban water, covering urban water supply, sanitation, and wastewater management; and
● basin water, including water resources development and management, flood management, watershed and wetlands protection, and hydro power.

Deadline: Not Found

Funding details link:

Funding limit: $50,000

Special Notes: FundForBangladesh does not sure about the deadline of this project. Please contact with the donor for clarification.

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: 12 months or less

 Eligible organization:
Government agencies (national and sub-regional) or local governments in ADB’s developing member countries
● International and national non-government organizations
● Academic and research institutions

 Eligibility: Your PDA proposal should be of an innovative water project that:
● Does not duplicate ongoing or pipelined activity in the developing member country
Is directly relevant to the sector outcomes cited in the Country Partnership Strategy for the country concerned

PDA proposals are reviewed based on technical merits, innovation, and potential for replication. Proposed projects that would not qualify are:
● Projects wholly comprised of workshops and conferences
● Projects wholly comprised of training/course materials development
● Projects wholly focused on capacity building
● Activities that would typically be included in a technical assistance (TA) or loan-funded project
● Activities merely adding to an actual TA or project, e.g. preparation of additional sub-project appraisal reports

Submission mail:

Other important link:
● Country Partnership Strategy:

 How to apply:Send completed PDA Request Form via email to the PDA Manager (


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