14th Call for Proposals now open

The 14th EEP Africa Call for Proposals invites applications from early stage off-grid and on-grid clean energy projects in active development phase in Southern and East Africa. We are looking for projects with strong Concept Innovation, Development Impact and Business Model & Financial Sustainability.


The EEP Innovation Window considers financing requests in the range of EUR 200,000 — 1,000,000 with a progressive co-financing share of minimum 30% of the total project budget. Financing requests below EUR 500,000 will in most cases be treated as a grant. Any amount of financing exceeding EUR 500,000 will automatically be considered as a repayable grant and require a minimum 50% co-financing share.

How to apply?

Please read carefully the Concept Note Application Guidelines and other documents to get familiar with the eligibility criteria and application process. Most of the topics you are expected to cover in the Concept Note are listed in Section 4 Evaluation of the Application Guidelines.  Eligible applicants are invited to submit Concept Notes before the deadline 28 June 2018, 13:00 (Helsinki time, GMT+3). In the second stage, selected applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.

To start the application press the ‘Apply Here’ button. You will be able to save an unfinished application and continue and/or edit at a later stages without losing any entered information. Once you have fully completed your application (Concept Note) you should submit it to EEP Africa by pressing ‘Submit’. After submission changes to the Concept Note are not possible.

Please use this Concept Note Questions document as an aid to collecting information for your submission – to preview the questions and draft the responses before entering them in the form. It is not an identical copy of the concept note form as some of the questions are business model specific and depend on the selection of e.g. project category. Please note that submitting the Concept Note in a document format by email is not accepted. You will need to fill in the web-based form to submit your Concept Note.

Clarifications to questions and Frequently Asked Questions will be published on the EEP Africa website. Enquiries and consultations regarding the specifics of individual applications are not allowed.

Any questions or clarification regarding the application form and process are to be sent no later than 31 May 2018 to cfp@eepafrica.org.

Who can apply?

Applicants for the EEP funding must meet the eligibility criteria defined in detail in the Application Guidelines. All proposed projects should be aligned with national development planning, including the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), of the country of operations. Applications should also be aligned with EEP Africa’s cross-cutting objectives: climate change, poverty reduction, development effectiveness, inclusive development, gender equality and human rights.

  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
    • Biofuels liquid
    • Biogas
    • Cookstoves
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Hybrid
    • Hydropower
    • Solar PV
    • Solar thermal
    • Solid biomass
    • Waste to energy
    • Wind power
    • Other
    • Private companies including start-ups
    • Non-profit and social enterprises
    • Research Institutes
    • Feasibility studies
    • Demonstration
    • Pilot
    • Replication
    • Scale-up

    Indicative Timeline

    EEP Africa follows a competitive, two-stage application process. In the first stage, all eligible applicants are invited to submit Concept Notes. In the second stage, selected applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.  Additional information on the full proposal process will be shared with selected candidates.

    Applications will be reviewed in a two-stage process: Concept Note and Full Proposal.

    End of August

    End of September

    End of October

    November – December 2018

    Maximum of 24 months

    EEP Africa is hosted and managed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). Funding partners for CFP14 are Austria, Finland and NDF.