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The Smart Communities Coalition Innovation Fund (SCCIF) aims to bring private sector-led innovative solutions to displaced populations and crisis-affected host communities to develop service delivery, economically empower displaced populations and contribute to economic and social integration. The fund is designed to address three strategic pillars to trigger a paradigm shift in humanitarian settings – energy, connectivity, and digital tools.

Enterprises, especially women-led or women-managed or youths, from SADC Members and Indian Ocean Island States, are invited to submit their applications for technical support in the following two (2) areas:

  1. Refining renewable energy project proposals in order to reach bankability.
  2. Enterprise development through the Facility’s training and mentorship programme.

Suitable start-ups to be funded through develoPPP Ventures are being selected during an open ideas competition. This takes place twice a year and is open to all start-ups that meet the conditions for participation. The funding contract is concluded with one of the two implementing partners, DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

BRILHO’s objective is to improve and increase energy access for people and businesses, leverage the private sector’s innovation and investment capacity, resulting in market growth of clean cooking solutions; solar home systems; and mini-grids.

Open end

The Energy Access Relief Fund (EARF) has been designed to provide up to 3.5-year tenure, subordinated,unsecured, and low-cost subsidized loans to companies companies that had viable business models prior to COVID and that are facing liquidity challenges due to COVID-19. The fund intends to focus on the smaller to mid- sized energy access companies that are addressing the needs of the bottom of the pyramid consumers and expects to make about 100-110 loans. While the fund will seek to be as inclusive as possible, its primary focus is expected to be on loans of less than $1M, within a range of $50K to $2.5M.

DEG provides funding of 500,000 to 749,000 EUR, which constitutes a maximum of 50% of the total investment volume. Private sponsors must contribute a substantial share of equity (at least 25% of total investment volume). DEG’s funds must be repaid in the event of success of the company (depending on pre-defined financial criteria such revenue or profit).

Innovations that have already been tested in a specific environment and / or on a limited scale but are not yet utilized by our target group. Limited funding for testing and verifying innovative ideas (proof-of-concept).

The Global Innovation Fund is supporting the development of innovative approaches to solving challenges for people living at the last mile in any sector in any developing country and any type of organisation may apply. This includes social enterprises, for-profit companies, non-profit organisations, government agencies, international organisations, and research institutions in any country.

SCAF provides financial support on a cost-sharing and co-financing basis via private equity funds, venture capital funds and project development companies through its three Support Lines. SCAF does not support individual projects on a one-off basis.

LAF3 is a $10m technology fund investing in Seed-to-Series A technology-enabled companies, that are building the rails for Africa’s digital infrastructure, and are poised to experience rapid growth backed by our strong local and regional support.

DIV supports groundbreaking ideas to transform lives and maximize USAID’s impact per dollar.

Innovative solutions come in many forms – whether a product, technology, service, or application of a creative business and delivery model. DIV is an open door to USAID – anyone, anywhere can apply at any time. USAID provide flexible, tiered grant funding to test new ideas, take strategic risks, build evidence of what works, and advance the best solutions. We look for solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability.

Companies seeking results-based finance for mini-grid projects in Sierra Leone and Madagascar can apply for pre-qualification to the facility. Under this wave, the Universal Energy Facility will disburse USD 3 million in grant payments to deliver over 6,900 electricity connections based on a results-based incentive of USD 433 per electricity connection.

OMDF or the Off-Grid Market Development Fund provides financing to companies and institutions involved in the distribution of solar products (pico-solar products and solar home system kits) with the mission of accelerating access to sustainable electricity in Madagascar.