OVERVIEW: The Agua Foundation supports organizations advocating for the rights of marginalized communities.
IP TAKE: This funder tends to support organizations that have the ability to affect widespread change; however, smaller organizations affecting widespread change at the local level receive support from this funder as well.
PROFILE: Based in Washington, D.C., the Aqua Fund is a small family foundation that aims to “[i]mprove quality of life through support of work to protect the natural environment and help the poor, disadvantaged and underserved.” Current areas of grantmaking interest for this funder include arts, culture and education, civic engagement, social services and the environment. Although the fund does not have a grantmaking program specifically geared toward girls and women’s rights, its grantmaking indicates a funding interest in this field.
Agua’s grants tend to focus on organizations working in the United States; however, human rights grants to institutions working internationally as well. Agua’s grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Past grantees include the Voter Participation Center, which received funding for its work increasing the civic participation of unmarried women; and Women for Women International, which received a grant for its women’s rights work in North Africa and the Middle East. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations Agua supports and at what level, explore its grants page.
The Agua Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals.
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