The Partners for Water programme is a joint initiative from several departments of the Dutch Government, developed to strengthen the international position of the Dutch water sector and to stimulate Dutch innovative solutions for urban deltas and their supply systems.


The deadline for the Partners for Water programme is the 6th of September (12:00 CEST). 


Project focus
The programme funds feasibility studies, demonstration activities and pilot projects that fit within one or more of the following themes:


  • Drinking water & sanitation
  • Water governance
  • Sustainable development of waterways and harbours (not on-shore)
  • Climate
  • (Water) security
  • Food & ecosystems
  • Water & energy


The project must fit within a chain approach and the proposed solutions for water safety and water security must be scalable and replicable. It is important that the project contributes to the strengthening of the international position of the Dutch water sector and enhances long-term collaboration between project partners. Projects should be innovative in nature and have the potential to create considerable spin-offs.


Target countries
There is no restriction on the choice of countries (with the exception of ‘fragile states’).


Eligible applicants
The project must in all cases meet the following requirements:


  • The applicant should be a Dutch company, research organisation or non-governmental organisation. In case of a consortium, one partner will act as the applicant.
  • Foreign companies, NGO’s and research organisations may participate in the consortium but cannot act as the applicant.
  • Dutch and foreign government organisations cannot participate in the consortium.


To be able to apply for this grant, an intake meeting with the programme officers is required. In case of positive feedback, the applicant is invited to submit a project proposal. 

 Why work with Advance Consulting?

Advance Consulting guides and supports you to develop a winning proposal. Note that Advance Consulting is not affiliated with the programme. Contact Suzana Djodjo ( for further information on the Partners for Water programme.