OVERVIEW: The Agua Foundation supports organizations advocating for clean water and protecting watersheds.
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 natural environment and help the poor, disadvantaged and underserved.” Current areas of grantmaking interest include arts, culture and education, civic engagement, social services and the environment.
Agua’s marine and freshwater grantmaking invests in organizations that broadly work to improve water quality. The fund’s local grantmaking specifically “[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 marine and freshwater space include Anacostia Riverkeeper, which received a general operating support grant for its work protecting and restoring the Anacostia River’ and American Rivers, which received funding for its Clean Water for All Campaign. 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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