Funding & Investment – December 2015


WISIONS second SEPS Call for project proposals in 2015, deadline December 21, 2015, 4pm GMT
This call focuses on the introduction of small-scale renewable energy technologies and knowledge exchange in Latin America and the Caribbean. WISIONS is looking for project concepts that demonstrate the application of small-scale renewable energy technologies to meet energy-related needs and improve energy access in Latin America and the Caribbean. For example, projects might aim to meet energy needs for reliable electricity or heat supply, for food processing and conservation, or for water pumping and treatment.  As in previous calls, in addition to supporting technical project implementation, SEPS will also support knowledge exchanges within the target region that address the capacity-building needs of actors and organizations working in the field.
All further information on the call and what kind of applications are welcome is available here and the selection criteria are available here. Please note application forms and further documents have to be submitted in English. Applications written in Spanish will not be considered. For further information, email


Energising Development Rwanda Supports Rwandan Government’s Efforts on Rural Electrification, deadline December 31, 2015

In March 2015, the Rwandan Government drafted a new energy policy which aims to achieve 22% off-grid electrification of Rwanda by 2017/2018. To support this rural electrification efforts of the Rwandan Government, Energising Development Rwanda has offered up to 70% subsidy on investments in privately owned and operated mini-grids of up to 100 kW installed capacity or grid extension projects. For more information, please see here.

C3E Awards open for nominations for women making an impact in clean energy, Deadline January 8, 2016

The U.S. C3E Awards recognize outstanding mid-career American women who are advancing clean, renewable sources of energy, related technologies, or clean energy policy. Each winner will receive $8,000 and national recognition at the annual C3E Symposium. Awards honor mid-career leadership and achievement in 8 categories: Advocacy, Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Government, International, Law & Finance, and Research. For more information, read the flyer, learn who is eligible, review the nomination guidance and FAQs, and submit nominations.

The Argidius – ANDE Talent Challenge, Deadline January 31, 2016

To promote successful talent engagement strategies, The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and The Argidius Foundation are pleased to launch the Argidius-ANDE Talent Challenge. The challenge seeks to identify highly promising solutions to human capital constraints, provide funding to experiment with these models, and ultimately scale the best ideas. The challenge is open to all organizations (or teams of organizations) working to help small and growing businesses in specific emerging market geographies to recruit, develop and/or retain talent at the middle and upper level management levels. The challenge is open to non-profit or for-profit institutions, including financial institutions.

Funds will be disbursed in two rounds. In the first phase, grants will be disbursed of up to 200,000 Euros to up to five pilot programs in April 2016. It is expected that the pilot programs will run for up to three years. However, the final timing will be determined based on the pilots selected.

Based upon an evaluation of the pilot programs, the challenge plans to award a grand prize of up to one million Euros to the pilot program deemed most impactful and most likely to scale. For the full Request for Proposals, please visit here.

Submissions are now open for the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2017 awards

The Zayed Future Energy Prize represents the vision of the Late Founding Father and President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who championed environmental stewardship. This annual award celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. To date, several members of the practitioner network have been finalists or winners of the prize. For further information on how to apply, please watch this video and visit here.

MOOC “Powering Agriculture – Sustainable Energy for Food”– Registration Open

The global initiative “Powering Agriculture – An Energy Grand Challenge for Development” (PAEGC) has launched a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in cooperation with TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, Germany. The MOOC will introduce participants to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus and introduce approaches for providing sustainable energy throughout all stages of agricultural value chains. Duration: 1 February – 27 March 2016

Applications are now open for the Wazo prize, Deadline February 7, 2016

The Wazo prize is an innovation prize competition to make climate information more useable for poor and vulnerable communities in Kenya. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), it will award cash prizes to entrepreneurs and innovators who come up with new solutions to use climate information in a way that helps vulnerable individuals, households and communities in Kenya better tackle climate uncertainty and risk. The competition is open to individuals and organizations that can demonstrate how their idea can make a positive impact in Kenya. In March 2016, the top fifteen ideas will be awarded cash prizes. The Wazo prize has a particular focus on the recognition, showcasing, and publicity of novel ideas and actors in the area of climate information.