Deadline: 31 August 2018

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has announced its 8th call for proposals which is a challenge fund set up and administered by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) to finance innovative climate change projects.

The theme of this year’s call for proposals is Testing the business viability of climate solutions.

Objectives

  • Increase low-income countries’ capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change
  • Encourage and promote innovations in areas susceptible to climate change
  • Build partnerships between Nordic and partner country actors, both private and public organisations
  • Contribute to sustainable development and the reduction of poverty
  • Leverage additional financing for climate action

Focus Areas

  • the aim to build prosperity and reduce poverty;
  • the aim to increase gender equality;
  • realistic and clear outputs and outcomes;
  • strong replication and scaling-up potential;
  • convincing justification(s) for why NCF grant funding is needed;
  • alignment with national development and climate change plans, strategies and policies in the country of implementation.

Funding Information

  • NCF can provide grant financing of between EUR 250,000 to 500,000.

Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants:
Eligible applicants must be registered legal entities at the time of the concept note submission, such as:

  • For-profit companies and organisations;
  • Non-profit organisations and social entreprises;
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and
  • Research institutes and universities.

Projects should be implemented through partnerships between Nordic and local partners in an eligible NCF country. In addition, the project partnership may entail other partners. All project partners shall have a meaningful role in the implementation of the project. The applications should clearly clarify the roles of and division of responsibilities between each project partner.
The partner requirements are as follows:
Nordic partner(s)

  • The Nordic partner shall be a Nordic company, organisation or other legal entity holding a registered place of operation in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.
  • Several Nordic partners can partner up to implement and finance the project; however, there should be one lead Nordic partner. The lead Nordic partner is the main applicant and accountable for the NCF application. The lead Nordic partner will be the sole and responsible contractual party towards NDF. The lead Nordic partner shall, prior to the first disbursement, have sub-contracts with all other project partners.
  • Multilateral institutions, UN agencies, bilateral financing institutions or other donor agencies, development financing institutions or their affiliates, trust funds, government ministries and individuals are not eligible.
  • A copy of the registration certificate showing the registration of the Nordic partner(s) as a legal entity in one of the Nordic countries shall be attached to the concept note.

Local partner(s)

  • The Nordic partner(s) shall have one or more local partners. A local partner is a local company, organisation or other legal entity registered in the country of implementation. The local partner(s) shall upon request be able to show a copy of the registration certificate showing the registration of the local partner(s) as a legal entity in the country of implementation.
  • Multilateral institutions, UN agencies, bilateral financing institutions or other donor agencies, development financing institutions or their affiliates, trust funds, government ministries and individuals are not eligible.

Other partner(s)

  • The lead Nordic partner may also have one or more other partners (non-local) which are legal entities. There are no country restrictions on the other partner(s) others than that they shall not be registered in the country of implementation (local partner) or in one of the Nordic countries (Nordic partner). The other partner(s) shall upon request be able to show a copy of the registration certificate showing the registration of the other partner(s) as a legal entity in its country of registration.
  • Multilateral institutions, UN agencies, bilateral financing institutions or other donor agencies, development financing institutions or their affiliates, trust funds, Government ministries and individuals are not eligible.

How to Apply

  • Applicants must submit their Concept Notes online via given website.

Eligible Countries

  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia
  • Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua
  • For more information, please visit Nordic Climate Facility.

By Andrew

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