Energy and Environment Programme to fund Early-stage and Market-ready projects from East, Southern Africa


The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) is seeking high-quality applications for projects in the two regions that can contribute to the reduction of poverty by promoting inclusive and job-creating green economy and by improving energy security while mitigating global climate change.

EEP is jointly funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (lead donor), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) while the EEP Coordination Office (ECO) is hosted by KPMG.

The partnership supports projects in Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The overall objective of the Programme is to reduce poverty through inclusive and job-creating green economy and improved energy access and security in the Southern and East Africa regions while mitigating global climate change.

The immediate Programme objective is to achieve greater access to sustainable energy services through the fast tracking of RE/EE project demonstration and deployment, including through technological learning and private sector investment. Each EEP S&EA project supports these Programme objectives.

EEP Southern and East Africa has simultaneously opened two funding windows for Early Stage (CfP12) and Market Ready (CfP13) projects, with both windows now open for proposal submissions.

The deadline for application submissions is April 25, 2016.

First stage applications will be screened in terms of key criteria – including technical scope, business idea, development impacts and climate change mitigations, finance and capacity of the applicant and regional aspects.

In addition, applicants are required to pay specific attention to cross cutting characteristics – that is gender, poverty reduction, innovation and difficult markets.

For the projects selected through CfP12 and CfP13, the project implementation period starting in August 2016 is limited to 15 months while the projects supported in CfP12 can be “last-mile” feasibility studies, pilot or demonstration projects.

The scope of this Call for Proposals (CfPs) is limited to projects that deal with the development phase of renewable energy and energy saving/energy efficiency projects. The proposed project must comprise of activities that are part of a cycle leading to further investment and sustainable commercialization. The maximum grant allocation for a selected CfP12 project can fall in the range € 100 000 – 300 000 with a co-financing requirement a minimum of 30%.

The projects supported in CfFP13 are scale up to commercial operation, replication of commercially proven concepts to new markets (nationally or internationally) and rejuvenation of existing renewable energy and energy efficiency generation projects. The maximum grant allocation for a selected CfP13 project can fall in the range € 200,000 – € 1,000,000 depending on the project scope and level of verifiable co-financing brought in by the project.

More information on the two Call for Proposals, as well as the online application tool, can be found at the Programme’s website.