UK Funder Calls for Off-Grid and Rural Energy Projects in Sub- Saharan Africa

  • The Powering Opportunities Partnership (POP), a component of the UK Department for International Development (DFID)’s wider Transforming Energy Access Programme is offering up to £300,000 in grant funding for rural off grid mini grid projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Powering Opportunities Partnership is looking for innovative action-research projects and partnerships that can create and drive productive electricity demand in off-grid and rural areas.

A total budget of at least £675,000 has been made available in this round for grants to successful applicants. A minimum of 50% co-funding (either financial or in-kind) is a prerequisite for proposal consideration. This competition seeks to fund 3 to 4 projects. Funding to be requested from TEA-POP for each project should not exceed £300,000. Smaller expressions of interest are welcome.

Eligibility is for projects that will be implemented anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa except for South Africa. The call is sector agnostic, but examples of possible projects are:

  • An agribusiness with rural supply chains that could benefit from electricity to increase productivity;
  • Health clinics that are seeking better ways to store medications, vaccines and blood;
  • E-mobility solutions that are trying to replace petrol and diesel with electric driven transport;
  • Affordable internet access and low cost computers that can deliver on and off-line educational content for off-grid schools and training institutes
  • Solar mini-grid companies trying to look for productive ways to utilise power generated and to increase economic viability;
  • Or any other innovative productive energy solutions suitable for sub-Saharan Africa.

Register your interest to apply and to download the application documents and templates. Read more

Applications close on the 28th February 2019.

Author: GBA News Desk/ESI-Africa Contributor

This article was originally published on ESI Africa and is republished with permission with minor editorial changes.

 

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