Funding Opportunities – January 2018

USADF – All On Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge Call for Proposals, Deadline 1 March 2018

The U.S. African Development Foundation and All On invites proposals for innovative off-grid solutions to “power up” underserved areas of Nigeria. Applicants should be developing, scaling up or extending energy technologies to off-grid areas of Nigeria. In order to apply, applicants should submit the below application template, as well as the required attachments, to by March 1, 2018.

To be considered for the Challenge, applicants must be 100% African-owned, majority Nigerian-owned and managed private companies registered in Nigeria, and must be operating in Nigeria.

The Off-Grid Energy Challenge is led by the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) to develop, scale-up or extend the use of proven technologies for off-grid energy to reach communities not served by existing power grids. Through the Challenge, USADF and its partners, including All On, General Electric (GE), and Power Africa support energy entrepreneurs in 9 countries across the continent, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. The Off-Grid Energy Challenge was launched in 2013 to bring affordable and renewable energy to rural communities across Africa. Since 2013, over $7 million has been invested in 75 energy entrepreneurs in 9 countries to provide off-grid energy solutions to rural communities.

The Off-Grid Energy Challenge awards grants of up to $100,000 each to African enterprises providing off-grid solutions that deploy renewable resources and power local economic activities.  Challenge winners will have near-term solutions to power the needs of productive and commercial activities, including agriculture production and processing, off-farm businesses, and commercial enterprises.

For more information and to apply, please visit


WISIONS – Sustainable Energy Project Support Call for Applications, Deadline 26 February 2018

Through the supporting scheme SEPS – Sustainable Energy Project Support – WISIONS nurtures innovative energy projects that are environmentally, economically and socially sound and facilitates the mobilisation of knowledge and expertise among energy practitioners and other stakeholders in the field of sustainable energy technologies in the “Global South”, with a focus on decentralised energy solutions. To date, SEPS has supported 122 projects and exchange activities across the world, illustrating the lessons learned in the field. The first SEPS call of 2018 is open and is aimed at both the focus regions of WISIONS – Latin America and the Caribbean and South/South East Asia.

The target groups for SEPS Knowledge Exchanges are energy practitioners and organisations, together with other stakeholders, in the Global South (south-south exchange). The proposed activities may include the participation of experts and organisations from other global regions, although the focus should be on developing and maximising knowledge and expertise in countries in the target region(s).

SEPS Knowledge Exchange activities should relate to one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Capacity-building: strengthening the technical, managerial, communication or other skills of practitioners
  • South-South mutual learning: facilitating mutual learning among organisations active in the Global South
  • Practice-to-policy exchange: addressing potentials & barriers to specific energy technologies or delivery models to raise awareness and generate policy recommendations
  • Advocacy and awareness-raising activities: defining strategies for the effective advocacy of critical topics; creating awareness for specific technologies and/or challenges relating to sustainable energy; implementing and supporting concepts for motivating the local population
  • Others: WISIONS is open to creative ideas on how to expand the knowledge base and to strengthen capacities of practitioners as well as of other stakeholders

The application form and supporting documents must be submitted in English.

For more information and to apply, please visit


Sixth funding cycle of IRENA/Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) Project Facility now open; Deadline 15 February 2018

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) have collaborated on a joint Project Facility to support replicable, scalable and potentially transformative renewable energy projects in developing countries. ADFD committed USD 350 million in concessional loans, over seven annual funding cycles, to renewable energy projects recommended by IRENA.

IRENA in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), is inviting applications for renewable energy projects in developing countries. Within the framework of the ADFD-funded US$350 million (AED1.285 billion) IRENA/ADFD Project Facility, the current funding round of US$50 million in concessional loans marks the sixth of seven annual cycles.

Background information on the sixth cycle is available in English, Français and Español.

The Facility is welcoming summary project proposals until 15th February 2018 from renewable energy projects in developing countries, that are at feasibility study stage and have the support of the central government.

ADFD funding offer:

  • USD 5 million to USD 15 million per project, covering up to 50% of the total project cost.
  • Loan rates of 1 to 2%, 20-year loan period including a 5-year grace period.
  • Government guarantee required for the ADFD loan (usually from the Ministry of Finance).

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Contact the IRENA/ADFD team at with any questions.