Inclusive green growth projects contributing to private sector development

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has launched the Fourth Call for Proposals on this year’s theme “Inclusive green growth projects contributing to private sector development”. The deadline for submitting applications is 31 January 2014 via the on-line application platform here.

The aim of NCF is to promote the transfer of technology, expertise and innovative ideas between the Nordic countries and low-income countries facing challenges related to climate change. The main goal is to bolster the capabilities of low-income countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change challenges and implement sustainable development measures that will reduce poverty.  
Grant financing of up to EUR 500,000 can be granted to partnerships between relevant Nordic (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland) institutions, organisations, companies, authorities and qualified local partners in low-income countries. A minimum of 20% co-financing is required.  
NCF is financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and administered by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO). The total budget for the Fourth Call is EUR 4 million.
In its previous calls, NCF has received 442 applications, and 40 climate projects have been financed by the facility. The projects relate to mitigation of climate gases as well as to adaptation to the impacts of climate change. Since the inception of the facility in 2009, 11 projects have been completed.

Key requirements

The applicant must be an active institution, organisation, company or authority holding a registered place of operations in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden with relevant experience. The applicant may have one or more partners.

The applicant shall have one or more eligible local partners in a country in which the project is proposed to be implemented.

The applicant’s average annual audited turnover for the past two years must exceed twice the NCF funding applied for. In case the applicant alone cannot fulfil this requirement, the applicant is allowed to be supported by another Nordic institution, organisation or company.

The project must be implemented in at least one of the following eligible countries:
Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
Latin America: Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua

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