OVERVIEW: The Agua Foundation supports conservation organizations advocating for clean water, protecting watersheds and sustainable agriculture.
IP TAKE: This funder tends to support organizations that have the ability to affect widespread change; however, smaller organizations affecting 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 environment and help the underprivileged, disadvantaged and underserved.” Current areas of grantmaking interest include arts, culture and education, civic engagement, social services and the environment. Agua’s conservation grants tend to focus on clean water and protecting watersheds. Its local grantmaking “[f]ocuses on protecting the watershed of the Shenandoah River in Virginia by addressing issues of water, land and food.”
Agua’s grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Past conservation grantees include the Center for Rural Affairs, which received funding for its National Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture; and the Natural Resources Defense Council, which received a grant for its Community Fracking Defense Project. 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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