Water Window Challenge now closed. Applications being assessed.

Want to learn how you can access up to $US 1 million to solve flood-related issues in your communities? Keep reading

The Global Resilience Challenge’s “Water Window” offers up to US$1m in grants for teams offering innovative solutions to issues affecting flood prone communities across the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

Entrants must register and are then able to submit Concept Notes to be eligible for between US$250,000 and $US1m in scaling-up and seed grants.

The Global Resilience Challenge’s “Water Window” is open for entrants to submit Concept Notes outlining ideas and solutions to help flood prone communities across the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia reduce their exposure to flood risks and to increase their ability to grow in the face of uncertainty.

Successful submissions will be eligible for up to US$1 million scaling-up grants for existing initiatives that are already working, or up to US$250,000 seed grants to realise their ideas.

The submissions should offer innovative solutions to the very real issues affecting flood prone communities. Creative thinking is encouraged. Ideas should focus on technology, risk transfer and community transformation.

The Water Window is backed by a US$10 million commitment from the Z Zurich Foundation, as part of their investment in a global flood resilience program. It is set to fund teams of social entrepreneurs, community-based organizations, research, academic institutions, and international non-profit organizations and private sector organisations. Full criteria here

Proposals should demonstrate a basic understanding of the drivers of community resilience to floods; an understanding of the economic, environmental, social, and technical aspects of flood risk reduction, management, and recovery, and how flood resilience can be achieved without hampering other resilience or capabilities.

Entrants will need to complete a Concept Note and submit it online before the 8th May deadline. Finalists will be announced at the end of August 2016 and invited to submit a detailed proposal. Finalists will receive mentoring from Global Resilience Partnership technical experts to refine their proposals.

The evaluation panel will be drawn from a pool of technical resilience and grant specialists alongside Zurich Insurance Group and members of the Global Resilience Partnership.

For more details and to register please visit




Flood Facts

  • Floods cause more damage worldwide than any other type of natural disaster and cause some of the largest economic, social and humanitarian losses1
  • Over the last 20 years, flooding has affected 2.3 billion people, 95% of whom live in Asia2
  • During that period, nearly 87% of spending on aid went into emergency response, reconstruction and rehabilitation and only 13% toward reducing and managing risks before they became disasters2
  • Economic losses from disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones and flooding now amount to an average of US$250 billion to US$300 billion each year
  • Flooding alone accounted for 47% of all weather related disasters 2
1 Zurich global flood resilience program
2 UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) - "The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters" (2015)

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Window now closed, applications being assessed.


We recently joined with Devex to discuss how to apply for up to US$1million in funding for innovative ideas to improve flood resilience through the Global Resilience Partnership’s new Water Window Challenge. To view the webinar presentation, please click on this link

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