Funding Opportunities – March 2018

PFAN – Call for Proposals for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. No Deadline

PFAN has launched a call for proposals for climate and clean energy projects and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Selected projects will receive no-cost coaching by professional consultants and, once they are investment-ready, benefit from PFAN’s Investment Facilitation services. Entrepreneurs looking to initiate or scale-up clean energy or other climate change-related projects and seeking an investment of up to $50 million are invited to apply. This is an open-ended call for proposals without a deadline.

The coaching support provided through the PFAN Project Development and Financing Initiative for Climate & Clean Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia will help entrepreneurs develop and refine a financially viable and socially and environmentally sustainable business plan, to be employed in subsequent investor outreach. After completing the coaching phase, the projects will receive assistance in terms of financial mobilisation, deal making facilitation and other follow-up support.

All submissions are to be made online through PFAN’s Climate-Invest Management system. Applications submitted via email cannot be considered. PFAN is hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). Apply now at


OCEF Call for Proposals in Benin, Deadline May 22 2018

The OCEF funds will be awarded for three windows of project funding for the first Call for Proposals:

Window 1: Critical Public Infrastructure

Window 3: Household Energy Services

Window 4: Energy Efficiency Measures


Projects submitted must meet various technical, economic, environmental and social criteria (health, safety, gender) such as for example:

  • The subsidy level per connection; with respect to the viability of the model and how it aligns with consumer prices;
  • The ERR (Economic Rate of Return), i.e. a cost-benefit analysis of the project;
  • The amount of the grant in relation to the amounts of funding needed to achieve financial viability and sustainability;
  • The potential for replication along with a gradual reduction of the grant component;
  • Immediate effects and impact of the project on economic and social development, as well as the environment, with an overview of possible mitigation measures.

To ensure sustainability, it is particularly desirable that projects be made in partnership between national, regional and international actors.

OCEF pays very close attention to gender-sensitive projects as well as the social and environmental aspects that are the requirements of MCA-Benin II.

During its execution (2017-2022), the Off-Grid Clean Energy Facility will launch two Calls for Proposals. The first Call which covers Windows 1, 3 and 4, is open from 22 February to 22 May 2018, and the second one, covering Window 2, is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2018.

You can find more information on the procedures here, and more background information on the Download link. To apply, please visit


CLASP LEIA Invitation for Prequalification

CLASP has received funding from the UK DFID toward the cost of the LEIA project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds toward payments under the accountable grant for consulting services.

It is envisioned that LEIA will be a five year program and CLASP wishes to assess whether there are a sufficient number of interested and qualified private sector parties to participate in a competitive procurement process for specific requests for proposals to support various aspects of program delivery.

In Year 1, it’s anticipated that the program will undertake the following activities: designing and launching awards and prize programs, aggregating demand through coordinated vendor identification and/or procurement, procuring and testing products, analyzing data, communications, market stakeholder education, consumer research, market research, impacts research, and technology roadmapping.  Programming in Years 2 through 5 will evolve based on insights from annual reviews.

We encourage potential consultants to apply for prequalification, even if they do not have experience in the target geographies and technologies.


Interested parties should:

Register as a CLASP Implementing Partner (click here to register).

Complete the Prequalification Questionnaire using the online form (click here to complete the PQQ)

Upon successful completion of the PQQ, the primary contact designated in the questionnaire will receive a confirmation email with a PDF of your submission and a link to allow you to update your responses.

To learn more, please visit