The Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation (FCAS) channels grants to support initiatives of partner countries to ensure their populations' human right to water and sanitation. Depending on these partners' capacity and level of development, grants can be used to fully finance certain actions or to complement national funds. Eligible entities are public administrations and non-profit civil society organisations.
The programmes are implemented by the Fund's grantees in partner countries. In total, there are EUR 801 million in grants from the General State Budget of Spain.
FCAS was created as a single global fund, managed through two programme portfolios: one bilateral (with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, AECID) and multilateral (with the Inter-American Development Bank). Both are governed by the same principles (respect for human rights, contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals), the same strategic objectives (establishing sustainable systems for access to drinking water and basic sanitation, along with institutional strengthening and integrated water resource management) and the same cross-cutting criteria (human rights, gender approach, and environmental sustainability).
The Fund's actions are governed by the priorities established in the Spanish Cooperation Master Plan, and in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 1460/2009.
In addition to general grant legislation, the operation and priorities of FCAS fall under the following legislation.