Deadline: 31.12.2014

Arghyam accepts concept proposals from organisations aimed to implement and manage groundwater and sanitation projects in India. Organisations with small, medium and large projects in India that meet its vision of safe, sustainable, water and sanitation for all can apply for the grants.
The Foundation supports sustainable water management towards meeting the basic water needs of all citizens, especially those from vulnerable communities. Yet the focus is basically laid on domestic water, it also takes into consideration agricultural, industrial and environmental aspects. Arghyam also occasionally funds part of expenses for workshops or conferences, training programmes, awareness creation campaigns etc. relevant to water and sanitation.

The Foundation has made grants to recipients in 22 states of India since 2005, the year of its founding.

Focus Areas
1. Water Security
2. Water Quality
3. Participatory Groundwater Management (PGWM)
4. Sanitation
5. Urban Initiatives

Arghyam considers support for activities and interventions in the following areas-
1. Groundwater and sanitation focus projects that are aligned with Arghyam’s programmatic approach.
2. Projects that work with marginalised communities in rural and urban areas.
3. Capacity building of communities to understand and respond to their local water and sanitation needs.
4. Innovative projects that have potential for scale and knowledge improvement.
5. Projects that demonstrate efficiency in cost per beneficiary, last mile reach, sustainability of outcome over time, institutionalization of successful efforts, etc.

Eligibility Criteria
1. Charitable organisation registered under Trusts Act, Society’s Act or as a section 25 Company is eligible to apply.
2. The participating organisation must possess:
3. Certificate of registration
4. 12 A certificate and 80 G certificate from the Income Tax Department
5. Individuals or for-profit companies are ineligible to apply.
6. Organisations with innovative project proposals are encouraged to apply.
7. Participating Organisation’s project must ensure principles of equal access, inclusivity and display gender sensitivity.
8. Organisations ensuring social, institutional, environmental, technological and financial sustainability in their work and to the communities they work with are also eligible to apply.