The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) is accepting grant applications for groundwater research as well as water supply projects and educational programs in developing nations. Applications are being accepted now through June 30.

The NGWREF board of directors approved $15,000 for research grants and $35,000 for developing nations grants. Recipients will be announced on or before Oct. 1.

The Groundwater Research Fund provides funding for cutting-edge research projects that stimulate new information, programs and products to advance groundwater science. The work of groundwater research recipients should enhance the future effectiveness of the groundwater professions. The group is particularly interested in research that covers groundwater sustainability and groundwater quality.

The Developing Nations Fund gives small assistance grants to improve the quality of life for people without access to plentiful fresh 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 some other equivalent international body. Applicants should have a history of at least three years of demonstrated success in projects for potable groundwater drinking supply.

The NGWREF, founded in 1994, is the charitable arm of the National Ground Water Association. It is focused on conducting educational, research and other activities that promote a broader understanding of groundwater use and access. NGWA is a nonprofit that supports responsible development, management and use of water resources. It’s comprised of groundwater professionals ranging from contractors to equipment manufacturers to scientists and engineers. For more information, visit