Apply for funding: Energy and Environment Partnership for Southern and East Africa

The 14th Energy and Environment Partnership Africa (EPP) invites applications from early stage off-grid and on-grid clean energy projects in active development phase in Southern and East Africa. The program is looking for projects with strong Concept Innovation, Development Impact and Business Model & Financial Sustainability.

The objective for EEP Africa is to enhance development, investment and access to clean energy  with particular focus on impacting and benefiting poor and underserved groups. The Fund achieves this through providing early stage and catalytic financing and other forms of support to a diversified portfolio of clean energy projects, diversified in terms of technologies, countries, scope and type of investment, business models and beneficiaries, with particular focus on reaching poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

Energy and Environment Partnership Africa is hosted and managed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and Implementation support is provided by KPMG.

Application deadline: June 28,2018


Energy and Environment Partnership Africa aims to fund the following types of organizations:

  • Private companies including start-ups
  • Non-profit and social enterprises
  • Research Institutes
  • All applicants must be registered legal entities at the time of the Concept Note submission and need to demonstrate credible local engagement.

Which RE/EE Technology? 

Biofuels liquid, Biogas, Cookstoves, Energy Efficiency, Geothermal, Hydropower, Solar PV, Solar thermal, Solid biomass, Waste to energy, Wind power, other RE/EE technology or a combination of the previous.

What activities? 

Feasibility Studies or Pilot, Demonstration, Replication, or Scale-up Projects.

Geographical scope : The project must be implemented in at least one of the following countries: Botswana, Burundi,Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa,Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Project Duration

The project implementation period is limited to 24 months. Applicants should propose the
project period based on their best estimate of the time necessary to finalize all project activities and report to EEP Africa.


The Energy and Environment Partnership Africa Innovation Window considers financing requests in the range of EUR 200,000 — 1,000,000 with a progressive co-financing share of minimum 30% of the total project budget. Financing requests below EUR 500,000 will in most cases be treated as a grant. Any amount of financing exceeding EUR 500,000 will automatically be considered as a repayable grant and require a minimum 50% co-financing share.


The Call for Proposals is open from 15 May and the deadline for Submitting the Concept Note is 28 June 2018, 13:00 (Helsinki time, GMT+3)

Communication to shortlisted : End of August
Deadline for full proposal : End of September
Final decision ; End of October
Contracting period:  November – December 2018


Applications for Energy and Environment Partnership Africa will be reviewed in a two stage process: Concept Note and Full Proposal.


All submitted Concept Notes will first be screened for eligibility and subsequently
evaluated based on the three key criteria (Concept Innovation, Development Impact and
Business Model & Financial Sustainability). Based on the evaluation selected applicants
will be invited to Full Proposal stage



The Full Proposal will be subject to a final technical evaluation and comprehensive due diligence review. Based on the evaluation and comprehensive due diligence process, the EEP Investment Committee will make the final selection of projects for financing. The Investment Committee may propose adjustments or improvements to the project design.
Additional information on the full proposal process will be shared with selected candidates.

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