USAID and the Gates Foundation are collaborating to seek, test, and scale innovative solutions for water, sanitation, hygiene.
To support promising new approaches in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with co-funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is announcing WASH for Life.
Over the next four years, the US$ 17 million partnership will use USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program to identify, test, and help scale evidence-based approaches for cost-effective and sustained services in developing countries.
WASH for Life is particularly interested in interventions that operate in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, and Nigeria; address issues in the sanitation and hygiene sectors in particular; and target beneficiaries earning under US$ 2 a day.
DIV seeks promising projects with the potential to significantly improve development outcomes. DIV supports innovators by creating partnerships, providing staged financing, rigorously testing and refining new approaches, and transitioning to scale successful innovations.
Staged funding grants
New proposals must be submitted for each stage, funding from a previous stage is not required to compete for the next stage.
- Stage 1: Proof of Concept – One year grant up to US$ 100,000 per project.
- Stage 2: Pilot and Impact Evaluation – 2-3 year grants for up to US$ 1 million per project
- Stage 3: Transitioning Projects to Wide-Scale – 3 year grants between from US$ 1 million to US$ 15 million, match funding required.
Eligibility: legally recognized organizational entities including foundations, U.S. and non-U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. private businesses, business and trade associations, international organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities, civic groups, regional organizations, etc.
First application deadline: 15 Oct 2011 (two other dates in 2012 tbd.)
For more information and to apply to WASH for Life, visit: www.usaid.gov/div/washforlife.
Please do not send requests for information or applications to WASH news Finance.
Source: USAID, 19 Jul 2011