Early-stage grant and repayable grant financing for projects in active development through competitive, open calls for proposals. There have been 17 calls since 2010.
Applicants for funding must meet the eligibility criteria defined in the Application Guidelines for that particular call. All applicants must be registered legal entities for at least six months at the time of the call opening date. Applicants can be registered in any country but need to demonstrate local engagement. Applications should also be aligned with EEP Africa’s priority themes: Gender & Youth, Circular economy & productive uses of energy, Climate change adaptation & resilience, and Leave no one behind.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Private Companies (including start-ups) and Social Enterprises
TECHNOLOGIES: Residential electricity access, Productive uses of energy (commercial and/or institutional), Mini-grids (AC or DC), Power generation, Clean cooking (residential and/or institutional, stoves and/or fuels), Mobility (electric and/or fuels), Energy efficiency, Other
ENERGY SOURCES: Biofuel (liquid), Biogas, Biomass (solid), Cookstoves, Energy Efficiency, Geothermal, Hydropower, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Wind Power, Other sources
COUNTRIES: Botswana, Burundi, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
PROJECT TYPES: Development phase (Feasibility study or Pilot) or Expansion phase (Replication or Scale-up)
An open call with a new application process. Over 400 eligible applications were received. The projects will be selected for financing in September 2023 and begin implementation in 2024.
In 2019, the gender-themed call focused on creating economic and leadership opportunities for women. Eighteen projects were contracted from the 285 applications submitted. The projects began implementation in 2020.