Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT): Inviting applications for ‘Water for Women Fund’ to implement gender and socially inclusive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects in South Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific through the Water for Women Fund.

Funding brief: DFAT invites proposals from eligible Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to implement gender and socially inclusive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects in South Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific through the Water for Women Fund.

The Fund is a flagship program in Australia’s engagement in WASH and is part of Australia’s commitment to the High Level Panel on Water. The Fund will invest $110.6 million over five years to December 2022 to improve the health, gender equality and well-being of Asian and Pacific communities through inclusive, sustainable WASH projects.

The Fund will draw on the strengths and comparative advantages of CSOs, recognized as key partners in Australia’s aid program. A Fund Coordinator (subject to a parallel open tender) will support the work of CSOs and DFAT.

Donor Name: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Funding name: Water for Women Fund

Deadline: 6th, October, 2017, 17:00 AEDT

Funding details link:

Funding limit: Grants for each proposal (inclusive of funds sought for inception and implementation) are expected to range from a minimum of AUD$2.5 million to a maximum of AUD$10 million across five years. Proposals below or above this range will be considered in exceptional circumstances, explained clearly in the respective proposal.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: 5 years

Eligible organization: As below

● DFAT invites proposals for projects from civil society and not-for-profit organizations that are currently engaged in promoting access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in Asian and Pacific countries.

This includes Australian not-for-profit organizations:
 Accredited by DFAT for the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP); and/or
Signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct.
● DFAT also invites proposals from non-Australian civil society and not-for-profit organizations engaged in the sector (including international and partner country organizations).

Note: If not accredited by DFAT, shortlisted organizations may be contacted and given seven (7) days to provide other documents to help DFAT and the Fund Coordinator assess the organization’s management capacity, systems and operations. These documents include:
 a copy of the organization’s constitution or articles of association;
evidence that the organization is signatory to an equivalent to the ACFID Code of Conduct;
an audited annual financial statement certified by a public accountant who is not a member of the organization;
a copy of the organization’s annual report, or a similar document; and
an outline of the organization’s work program.
● DFAT also invites proposals involving consortia. The membership of consortia will not be limited to DFAT accredited civil society organizations (CSOs) and may include universities, private enterprise, regional organizations, inter-governmental organizations and other international organizations. Consortium proposals must be accompanied by a Consortium Agreement signed by each consortium partner. The Agreement should include a short description of each partner and details of its corporate commitment and involvement in the proposal.
● The Applicant CSO will be accountable for all funds. The Grant Agreement shall be signed with the Applicant CSO, and the Applicant CSO is responsible to DFAT for the performance of all partners included in a proposal under the Grant Agreement.
● Applicant CSOs are eligible to submit multiple proposals– one for each project in a specific country. Each project may be implemented across a number of sites in the country. CSOs submitting multiple proposals acknowledge that they are making commitments to each proposal to undertake all of the activities detailed in a given proposal– irrespective of any decision on any other proposal.
● In proposals involving consortia, DFAT reserves the right to reassess any proposal if, following submission, the membership of a successful consortium proposal changes, including withdrawing consortium member(s).
● Organizations submitting proposals must not have any reason preventing them from operating in the country/s of their proposed project/s.
● All organizations seeking DFAT funding must have regard to and comply with, relevant and applicable laws, guidelines, regulations and policies, including those in Australia and in the country where projects are implemented. A list, as amended from time to time, of Australian laws and guidelines that may apply to the delivery of developmental aid to foreign countries can be found on the DFAT website: This list is not exhaustive and is provided for information only.
● Organizations should note that individuals with conflicting commitments and current and Former DFAT Employees must not be included in the proposal or as individuals who may be engaged by the applicant if selected through the assessment process described in these Guidelines. DFAT may reject any proposal which does not disclose the fact that a proposed team member has an existing and continuing commitment to another DFAT project or activity.
● Proposals compiled with the assistance of current DFAT employees or former DFAT employees will be excluded from consideration.
● ‘Former DFAT Employee’ means a person who was previously employed by DFAT, whose employment ceased within the last nine (9) months and who was substantially involved in the design, preparation, appraisal, review and or daily management of the program to which this grant program relates.

Eligible Country: The countries within the scope of the Water for Women Fund are:
● South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
● South-East Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam
● Pacific: Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Island, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu

Submission mail: N/A

Other important link:
● Apply:
● Guideline:
● Water for Women Fund Investment Design Document:
● Health for Development Strategy 2015-2020:
● Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy:
● Effective Governance Strategy:
● Investment Design Document:

How to apply:
● Proposals must be submitted online:


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