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Funding Opportunities – September 2016

Extension of the PACESetter Fund submissions – new deadline October 12

Submissions for the second funding round of the 
PACESetter Fund, originally due to close on August 12, has now been extended for two more months. Up to $2 million will be made available for this round, with grant sizes ranging from $50,000 to $300,000. The fund provides early-stage grant funding to allow businesses to develop and test innovative products, business models and systems that increase clean energy access.


WISIONS 2016 SEPS Call for exchange activity proposals, Deadline October 17

With its ‘SEPS Knowledge Exchange’ scheme, WISIONS facilitates the mobilization of knowledge and expertise among energy practitioners and other stakeholders in the field of sustainable energy technologies in the Global South.

This new call for proposals addresses both focus regions of WISIONS – Latin America and the Caribbean, and South/South East Asia. Proposals for SEPS Knowledge Exchange 2016 – LAC & SE/S Asia should allow for interaction between practitioners with significant experience in the implementation of decentralized renewable energy solutions in the target region(s).

The submitted SEPS Knowledge Exchange proposals should meet a set of criteria. Only those proposals that follow the proposed application procedure will be considered in the validation process. More information, including application criteria and form, is available here.


DIV Rolling Expression of Interest (EOI) Form available

USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) runs an open competition for bold development ideas in any sector and any country in which USAID operates. DIV can engage applicants in a number of ways. The common entry point into the DIV competition is the Expression of Interest (EOI) – a short concept note in which applicants outline their idea or solution to a development challenge. Interested applicants may review DIV’s Annual Program Statement (APS) and guidance on What We Look For before submitting a Letter of Interest for review. Selected candidates will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal at a later date. For further details, please visit here.

Note: All communication and inquiries should go through DIV@usaid.gov, and applications should be submitted to DIVApplications@usaid.gov. Applications sent by any other means (including Grants.gov) will not be considered.


The Ashden Awards now open for entries, Deadline November 8

Ashden is seeking entries for its 2017 International Awards, the world’s leading green energy awards. The charity wants to hear from trailblazing sustainable energy enterprises and programmes from developing countries and emerging economies that are increasing access to sustainable energy.

Entry to the awards is free, with seven international winners receiving awards totalling £130,000 at a prestigious ceremony in London on 15 June 2017. In addition to the six existing Ashden International Awards, there is a new Powering Business Award for 2017 recognising efforts by enterprises or programmes involved in agricultural, commercial or industrial activities which are using clean energy in the provision of goods or services.

Ashden is looking for pioneering enterprises and programs demonstrating achievement in any of the following areas:

  • Increasing energy access for homes or businesses: Increasing energy access to those that have limited or no access by providing renewable energy products or services.
  • Sustainable buildings: Improving energy use in urban buildings, including residential, commercial and public buildings.
  • Developing innovative financial mechanisms or business models for delivering sustainable energy: Organizations providing innovative financial mechanisms or using innovative business to expand access to sustainable energy products or services.
  • Sustainable travel: Innovative enterprises or programs that are improving access to sustainable travel, encouraging the use of more sustainable modes of travel or using technology to enable more efficient fuel use.
  • Improving the lives of women and girls through sustainable energy: Enterprises or programs that are providing sustainable energy to women and girls as beneficiaries and creating employment or income-generating activities, or involving them in the supply chain; also, work benefiting refugees and internally displaced women and girls.
  • Sustainable energy and water: Enterprises or programs using sustainable energy technologies to deliver increased access to safe and affordable drinking water; or water for agricultural production; or adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene.
  • Powering business: Enterprises or programs which provide or use clean energy or energy efficiency in the provision of goods and services through business activities, for example in the agricultural, commercial and industrial sectors.

Ashden also provides winners with a wide-ranging package of support, tailor-made to their needs, which could include business mentoring, sales and technical training, introductions to investors and help with communications. Read the detailed eligibility criteria and find out more about the Ashden Awards here.