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Funding Opportunities – November 2016

D-Prize: Expanding Access to Poverty Alleviation Solutions in the Developing World, Deadline 15 December 2016

D-Prize is inviting applicants who can design a new social enterprise and solve the challenges mentioned below. Selected applicants will be awarded up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

D-Prize is dedicated to expanding access to poverty alleviation solutions in the developing world. Many solutions to poverty already exist; the challenge is distributing these solutions to the people who need it most. D-Prize tackles this by challenging social entrepreneurs to develop better ways to distribute proven life-enhancing technologies, and funding early-stage startups that deliver the best results.

The vision of D-Prize is to provide support for talented people who want to pilot new social ventures in the hope that many of the pilots they fund will eventually grow to employ large numbers of field workers who are distributing poverty solutions throughout the world.

Goals:

  • Significantly increase access to life-enhancing technologies in the developing world – and prove an impact in a measurable way.
  • Encourage young entrepreneurs to focus their talent on the developing world, pilot new solutions to distribution problems, and launch new social ventures.
  • Encourage a global dialogue on the importance of leveraging distribution solutions for development. They believe the path to development is through solving distribution.

Challenges:

  • Girl’s education
  • Energy
  • Education
  • Governance and Infrastructure
  • Global Health
  • Custom

Eligibility Criteria:

  • D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and of any background.
  • Applicant must be an ambitious leader ready to grow your company/NGO for years to come.
  • D-Prize will consider funding existing organizations. However, it is only a fit if: applicant is piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and he/she needs high-risk capital.
  • D-Prize will need to understand why applicant funding cannot come from somewhere else.

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Request for Proposals (RFP) for suitable applicants to design Framework Agreements for Solar and Wind in Antigua and Barbuda, Deadline December 21

The Department of Environment of Antigua and Barbuda has issued this RFP for a Framework Agreement for Solar Photovoltaic with Battery Storage Electric Systems and Accessories for Installations within the public and private sectors of Antigua and Barbuda; as well as this RFP for a Framework Agreement to design systems and purchase equipment for Wind/Diesel Hybrid and Wind-only Grid Interactive Power Systems for installation within the water, health and essential services of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.


The 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Television and Off-Grid Fan Competitions open for nominations, Deadline January 20, 2017

The Global LEAP Awards identify and promote the world’s best off-grid appliances, accelerating market development and innovation. The 2016-17 round of awards also features the first-ever Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition, which includes up to $600,000 in cash prizes for market-leading innovators.

The global market for off-grid appliances is poised for rapid, significant growth. By 2020, the market for three of the most promising off-grid appliances – fans, televisions and refrigerators – could reach $4.7 billion per year. The Global LEAP Awards are a clear, reliable way for manufacturers and distributors of great off-grid appliances to communicate their products’ quality, energy efficiency, and value in this important emerging market.

Global LEAP Awards winners and finalists will be eligible to participate in in an affiliated Global LEAP procurement incentives program, designed to drive large-scale procurement and distribution of best-in-class off-grid appliances in key off-grid markets. Winners and finalists will also be considered by market-leading impact investors Acumen and Shell Foundation as they work to identify breakthrough innovations and impact investment opportunities in off-grid appliance enterprises.

Submit a Fan Nomination

Submit a TV Nomination

Submit a Refrigerator Nomination

Please contact info@GlobalLEAP.org with any questions.


IRENA/ADFD Project Facility fifth annual funding cycle now open, Deadline February 15, 2017

IRENA and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) are pleased to announce the opening of the fifth annual funding cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility, offering close to USD 50 million in loans. This is part of ADFD’s commitment to provide USD 350 million in concessional loans over seven annual funding cycles to government-driven renewable energy projects in developing countries.

Since 2012, ADFD has allocated USD 144 million to renewable energy projects in 14 developing countries. Selected projects have included off-grid, mini-grid and on-grid projects using wind, solar, hybrid, hydro, geothermal and biomass technology. After the first three cycles, over 68 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity will be brought online, expected to improve livelihoods of more than 760,000 people and businesses.

  • Projects can be submitted from developing countries that are members of IRENA and others. The list of eligible countries is available here.
  • ADFD requires projects to have a letter of government guarantee and support from the government entity involved in the international borrowing affairs of the country (the Ministry of Finance in most countries).
  • IRENA facilitates an international panel of experts to review the project applications based on technical feasibility, economic/commercial viability and socio-economic and environmental benefits.

ADFD loans range between USD 5 million and USD 15 million per project to cover up to 50% of the project cost. Finance is offered at 1 to 2 per cent lending rates with a 20-year loan period, including a 5-year grace period.

Interested applicants must register and login to apply. To learn more or apply please visit the facility’s web page.