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Our two advisory facilities are open year-round to accommodate your request:

RAISEAfrica is a comprehensive initiative that includes both pre-acceleration and acceleration programs, specifically designed for the renewable energy sector in Africa. The initiative is set to support and scale up renewable energy-focused projects within the African startup ecosystem by providing opportunities and a platform for young innovators to voice their ideas. The focus areas include but are not limited to Productive Uses of Energy, Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Circular Economy, Manufacturing, and Digitalization.

Applicants can apply for grants and repayable grants between EUR 200,000 —1,000,000.  The minimum required co-financing is 30-50% of the total project budget depending on the project phase and company maturity. Please read the CfP 2024 Application Guidelines and Project Implementation Manual for more concrete guidance on financing.

The Ministry of Energy in Ghana has issued an invitation for sealed bids from qualified bidders to supply, deliver, and install climate-resistant public solar home systems for off-grid communities in the country.

  • Lot 1: 163 solar off-grid electrification systems for public community energy centers, educational, and health facilities in selected communities in Eastern, Volta, and Oti Regions – Bid security amount of $15,000.00.
  • Lot 2: 218 solar off-grid electrification systems for public community energy centers, educational, and health facilities in selected communities in Bono East, Savannah, and Northern regions.

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.

The Future of Life Institute is calling for proposals for research evaluating in detail how artificial intelligence (AI) has so far impacted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to poverty, healthcare, energy and climate change, and how it can be expected to impact them in the near future.

Grants applications will be subject to a competitive process of external and confidential peer review. We intend to support several proposals. Accepted proposals will receive a one-time grant of $15,000, to be used at the researcher’s discretion. Grants will be made to nonprofit organizations, with institutional overhead or indirect costs not exceeding 15%.

The LSHS-RBF provides Direct Subsidies (DS) which reduce the overall cost of ownership of SHS for eligible beneficiaries thus addressing the affordability gap and Indirect Subsidies (IS) which aim to provide an incentive for companies to expand and operate in underserved markets.
The programme will run from December 2023 until June 2025 for the Direct Subsidy and up until December 2026 for the Indirect Subsidy.

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Do you have a mature product or business idea and/or a first prototype for the decentralised renewable energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa?

Startup|Energy’s main value add over is the strong focus on long-term support through continuous, high-quality coaching and building and maintaining a thriving sub-Saharan startup community that will support you over a long period of time.

The US$12 million Solar Service Providers RBF Facility and the US$3.2 million Clean Cooking Solution Service Providers RBF Facility are designed to compensate off-grid solar companies and clean cooking solutions providers respectively through Result-Based Financing for initial, ongoing incremental, and opportunity costs associated with expansion of operations in the 14 KOSAP Counties.

Are you an innovator, entrepreneur, NGOs, Entrepreneurship Support Organisation, investor, or governmental organisation passionate about making a positive impact in the face of climate change? We invite you to join the Adaptation Innovation Cluster in Tanzania and be at the forefront of building a resilient future for our communities.

CEI Africa invites green mini-grid developers to apply for outcome-based grants that subsidize the implementation of PUE strategies connected to operating GMGs in the target countries: Kenya, Uganda, DRC, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Mali and Benin. Partnerships with PUE providers, distributors, and manufacturers are encouraged. CEI Africa anticipates launching the official call for pre-qualification in the 8 countries on 5th September 2023.

SEFA offers technical assistance and concessional finance instruments to remove market barriers, build a more robust pipeline of projects and improve the risk-return profile of individual investments. The Fund’s overarching goal is to contribute to universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services for all in Africa, in line with the New Deal on Energy for Africa and Sustainable Development Goal 7.

OPEN will invest up to $100,000 in women-led businesses within the energy sector in Africa, growing their business by providing access to funds and expertise to maximise their impact and profitability.
We are looking for  women-led businesses in the Energy sector with an annual turnover of more than 25,000USD per year and with at least 3 employees.

Working in partnership with Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs), UECCC has put in place a loan programme that enables households and commercial enterprises acquire solar systems on credit.
The objective of the programme is to address the affordability barrier posed by the initial upfront cost of acquiring solar systems.

We invest equity, convertible debt, and debt in early and growth-stage businesses that provide climate-smart solutions, and demonstrate sustainable competitive advantage, good management, and ethical business practices in agribusiness, commercial forestry, renewable energy, water, and waste management.
We seek to maximize inclusive impact through commercially sustainable SMEs.
For Early Stage Businesses, we provide US$ 50,000 – US$ 200,000 in debt, convertible debt, and /or equity, business growth support for max. 7 years tenure.
For Growth Stage Businesses, we provide US$ 100,000 – US$ 1 million in debt, convertible debt and /or equity, business growth support for max. 7 years tenure.

Spark+ Africa Fund is a $70 million impact investment fund that invests in scalable, next-generation companies offering clean, modern distributed energy solutions for cooking to the mass market in sub-Saharan Africa.
It is a true “triple bottom line” impact fund, financing profitable and scalable companies tapping into a massive total addressable market for cooking energy solutions and enabling millions of African families to stay safe and healthy and save time and money.

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.

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.

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.