PRO-WASH & SCALE Small Grants Program (Funding – ceiling of USD $125,000)

PRO-WASH & SCALE Small Grants Program

Deadline: 10th May 2024

Practice, Research, and Operations in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene and Strengthening Capacity in Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Environment (PRO-WASH & SCALE) is soliciting applications for research to identify climate resilient approaches that can be adapted and used in emergency settings.

PRO-WASH & SCALE Small Grants Program Climate change is a global crisis that affects people around the world. Extreme climate related events are increasing in frequency, severity, and duration throughout the world. The impacts of these events are not distributed equally, with larger impacts felt by the more marginalized communities, such as those living in poverty, and particularly those in emergency settings.

In response to this challenge, PRO-WASH & SCALE Award is pleased to share this request for applications (RFA) which seeks proposals to undertake research that will address priority evidence gaps in enhancing climate resilience in emergency settings within PRO-WASH & SCALE’s focus sectors of water, sanitation, hygiene, agriculture, markets, livelihoods, and/or natural/watershed resource management, with the overall goal of improving food security and nutrition programming.

Focus Areas

  • Applicants must focus their research on the technical areas as below mentioned. While applicants are not required to cover all technical areas within their proposed studies, preference will be given to research that cuts across at least two technical areas (e.g., hygiene and markets or agriculture and sanitation). Proposed research activity must include at least two technical areas, at least one from Focus A and at least one from Focus B. They seek proposals where a multi-sectoral approach enhances the research, offering deeper insights and practical value.
    • Focus A 
      • Water
      • Sanitation
      • Hygiene
    • Focus B
      • Agriculture
      • Markets
      • Livelihoods
      • Natural Resource/Watershed Management


Final funding levels for this award will depend on content, relevance, quality, and needs with a ceiling of USD $125,000 (subject to availability of funds). Acceptance of an application under this RFA does not constitute an award nor does it guarantee that the application (if awarded) will be funded at the full dollar amount requested.


  • PRO-WASH & SCALE will not accept applications from individuals. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. Applicants must comply with all applicable Unique Entity Identification Number (UEI) and System for Award Management (SAM) requirements. Applicants are not required to have a UEI at the time of application but must have a UEI number at the time of the award. Applicants must have completed all required steps (if any) with the host government to legally operate their program.
  • Applicants must have an organizational presence in the country where they are proposing to undertake research and/or partner with an organization in that country. Preference will be given to researchers with research institutions and higher education institutions (HEIs) in developing countries.
  • Applicants do not need to have an agreement or partnership with an existing BHA funded activity and the activity can take place outside of a BHA funded activity. Organizations are welcome to propose collaborative efforts, but each application must identify one organization that will be the lead/prime recipient of funding and be responsible for program requirements. The lead/prime organization will be responsible for coordinating efforts with other partners. All collaborative efforts must be clearly identified and described in the application.
  • Lead Applicants or collaborating organization(s) must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable laws of the implementing country. Applicants are permitted to submit only one application in response to this RFA.



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