Agua Fund: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Agua tends to support organizations that advocate for human rights, especially as they relate to women. 

IP TAKE:  Agua largely supports larger international organizations that have the ability to affect widespread change; however, smaller organizations that can affect widespread change at the local level may qualify for funding. 

PROFILE: Based in Washington, D.C., the Aqua Fund is a small family foundation that intends to improve quality of life in poor, disadvantaged, and underserved populations through its grantmaking. The fund also supports environmental organizations in the United States. Geographically speaking, the fund’s main region of interest is the United States. But, it does make international grants for human rights, concentrating on women and girls living in some of the most dangerous regions of the world. 

The fund tends to support larger efforts advocating for women’s rights and gender equality on a global scale. However, there are a few occasions when the fund has supported targeted women’s rights campaigns for the benefit of women in specific regions, such as Afghanistan, Sudan and Darfur. Additionally, the fund has supported projects that may not be strictly related to women’s rights, but where the direct beneficiaries of the projects are women. For example, the fund has heavily supported clean cookstove projects in the past..

Agua’s rights-related grants are typically awarded through its Social Services program, which awards grants to groups working both domestically and abroad. 

The Agua Fund’s rights grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Grantseekers can sift through the foundation’s awarded grants page to get a better understanding on the types of groups it funds, where, and at what level. The fund does not accept unsolicited proposals.



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