Apr 21, 2016

Applications available for groundwater grants

$60,000 available between groundwater research, developing-nations and domestic water supply grants

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The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation is seeking grant applications for groundwater research projects, as well as water supply projects and educational programs in developing nations and the U.S.

The NGWREF Board of Directors recently approved $15,000 for research grants, $35,000 for developing nations grants, and $10,000 for grants from the USA Groundwater Fund. Applications are being accepted through June 30, with grant award announcements around Oct. 1. Applicants should be a 501(c)(3) or equivalent.

The Groundwater Research Fund provides funding for cutting-edge research projects that stimulate new knowledge, information, programs and products to advance groundwater science and technology. In turn, the research should also enhance the future effectiveness of groundwater professions and maximize groundwater’s benefit to society. The foundation has specific interest in research focused on groundwater sustainability.

The Developing Nations Fund provides small assistance grants to benefit the quality of life for people without access to plentiful drinkable groundwater. Funds can be used for a groundwater supply grant or a water well system-related education and training program. The dollar-for-dollar matching grants are for qualified projects in a low-income, developing or third-world nation as defined by the World Bank or any equivalent international body, such as the United Nations. Applicants for groundwater supply projects should have a history of not less than three years of demonstrated success in projects for safe groundwater drinking supply.

The USA Groundwater Fund was established to meet groundwater needs in the U.S. The fund has a three-part purpose: education and training of groundwater professionals, public education and awareness, and support of construction projects to improve supply of potable water to communities and individuals in the U.S.