Agua Fund: Grants for Disasters and Refugees

OVERVIEW: The Agua Fund's disaster and refugee grants are generally awarded to larger international organizations delivering aid to disaster-affected regions of the world.

IP TAKE: The Agua Fund’s disaster-related grants are strictly board directed, so grantees are advised to take a proactive approach and introduce themselves before disasters occur in order to better place themselves on the board's radar. 

PROFILE: The Washington, D.C.-based Agua Fund is a family foundation established in 2002 that supports projects targeting the environment, civic engagement, social service, and arts and culture. Most grants awarded support vulnerable populations such as Native American communities.  While the Agua Fund mostly focuses on giving in the United States, it does give international grants for disaster relief and refugee causes.

The Agua Fund only supports invited proposals, which is why it is important to introduce yourself to the board. Disaster and refugee-related grants are generally awarded to larger international organizations delivering aid to disaster-affected regions of the world; however, micro-grants are also available for smaller-scale projects. The Agua Fund also awards grants that benefit countries which have experienced a disaster but are struggling with rebuilding efforts, such as Haiti.

The Agua Fund’s disaster and refugee grants typically range from about $10,000 to $50,000. Grantseekers can sift through the foundation’s awarded grants page to get a better handle on the types of groups it funds, their location, and at what level grants are awarded. 

PEOPLE: 

  • Catherine Conover, President and Director
  • Richard Cicero, Vice President and Director
  • Ann K. Batlle, Director 
  • Nanci Aydelotte, Treasurer
  • Cecily Kihn, Secretary  

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