Nordic Climate Facility

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) promotes the exchange of technology, expertise and innovative ideas between the Nordic countries and eligible low-income countries facing climate change. The aim is to increase low-income countries’ abilities to mitigate and adapt to climate change, contribute to sustainable development and alleviate poverty. NCF is an initiative by Nordic Development Fund (NDF).

The theme of NCF6 is Green Growth for Sustainable Livelihoods. Project proposals shall address adaptation to and mitigation of climate change or a combination of adaptation and mitigation linked to low-carbon development with special focus on job creation and private sector development. The projects are required to have strong positive development impacts, and be sustainable as well as innovative. Concrete implementation actions and investments are preferred. In addition, it is generally required that special attention is paid to cross-cutting issues and especially gender aspects. Empowerment of women in climate action and related business development is emphasized. The maximum project implementation period is 30 months.

Eligibility criteria
NCF financing can be granted to partnerships between relevant Nordic institutions, organisations, companies or authorities that hold a registered place of operations in either Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden, and qualified local partners located in eligible countries. The eligible countries are: Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. Involvement of other partners from third countries is allowed.

All projects should be in line with National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action plans (NAMAs), and other relevant strategies and policies in the recipient country, as applicable. The applicants are also requested to acquaint themselves with NDF’s Guidelines for Project Identification and Screening.

Nature of Financing
The funding is provided in the form of a grant contribution from NCF ranging from EUR 250,000 to 500,000 and requires a minimum co-financing of 20% of the total estimated project costs. Eligible projects with more co-financing available will be scored higher.

The disbursement of grant funds is tied to achieved results and will be linked to the reaching of milestones defined in the grant agreements between NDF and the successful applicants.

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