Funding Opportunities – October 2017

The Ashden Awards are now open for entries; Deadline 7 November 2017

Ashden is seeking entries for its 2018 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.

There is a new Sustainable Energy and Health Award recognising organisations making a direct improvement to people’s health or supporting health service provision through use of sustainable energy.  Other Awards will focus on Powering Business, Sustainable Cities and Buildings, Sustainable Transport and Mobility, and Innovation in Finance for delivering sustainable energy.  Ashden also wants to hear from initiatives that are improving energy access in areas where markets for sustainable energy products and services are under-developed and energy access rates are low.

Entry to the Awards is free, with six international winners receiving an Award of up to £20,000 each at a prestigious ceremony in London on 14 June 2018.  Ashden also provides winners with a wide-ranging package of support, tailor-made to their needs and which could include business mentoring, sales and technical training, introductions to investors and help with communications. Find out more and apply for an Award here.

PFAN, ECREEE and CTCN Call for Proposals: Women-led Sustainable Energy Enterprises in West Africa; Deadline 20 November 2017

ECREEE, CTCN and PFAN have launched a call for proposals for women-led sustainable energy enterprises in West-Africa, as part of the CTCN/ECOWAS Project on Mainstreaming Gender for a Climate-Resilient Energy System in West Africa. Women-led businesses employing clean energy solutions to facilitate women’s economic empowerment in the ECOWAS countries and seeking investments of up to USD 50 million are invited to apply.

At least 10 projects or businesses will be selected and receive coaching support from experienced professionals for the development of a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable business plan. Upon the completion of the coaching phase, the projects will be introduced to interested investors, and receive follow-up support and deal-making facilitation.

Selected projects should contribute to women’s economic empowerment through productive uses of energy, by helping to increase the productivity levels of women in agricultural, commercial and tertiary practices through the increased use of renewable energy technologies; building the capacities of women and especially women farmers to use and maintain clean energy technologies; and raising awareness and educate the public on the use of renewable energy for poverty eradication at the household level and, more broadly, for rural development.

This Call for Proposals is focused exclusively on gender mainstreaming. In order to be considered eligible, projects and / or businesses must be operating in the ECOWAS region in countries and satisfy at least two of the following criteria:

  • Female entrepreneurs;
  • Significant proportion of female ownership;
  • Significant female representation in senior management;
  • Significant female representation throughout the workforce;
  • Significant benefits to women in economic, social and climate terms.

All submissions are to be made online through PFAN’s Climate-Invest Management system. Applications sent via Email are not eligible. More detailed information about the process can be found in the Prospectus of the Call for Proposals, and applications must be submitted by 6 p.m. CET (Central European Time) on 20 November 2017 via

Participants selected to advance into the next round will be notified by 15 January 2018. Immediately following this notification, organizers will work with the selected participants to arrange the agreed coaching support for the next stage of the Initiative.

US-India Clean Energy Finance Initiative Call for Applications, Rolling Basis

The US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) initiative is currently seeking applications from project developers and project proponents in India’s distributed solar power sector, who could benefit from project preparation services and funding for early stage project development.

USICEF aims to drive access to energy in underserved regions of India, by supporting early stage development of distributed solar power projects. A partnership formed at COP21 in Paris between the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and a consortium of US foundations, USICEF provides project preparation support that will catalyze long-term debt financing for distributed solar power from OPIC and other international financial institutions. Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) serves as the Program Manager.

To find out more about eligibility criteria, project preparation services, and how to apply, visit You can also get in touch with CPI at