15th Call for Proposals

The 15th Call for Proposals is closed. Shortlisted projects will be selected by the end of May. All applicants will be notified at that time.  

The 15th EEP Africa Call for Proposals (CfP15) is focusing on promoting gender inclusion and creating economic and leadership opportunities for women across the clean energy sector. EEP Africa 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.

Eligible applicants are invited to submit Concept Notes via EEP Africa’s online application form. The deadline for all applications is 2 April 2019 13:00 (Helsinki time, GMT +3).

Gender Theme

CfP15 is a gender-themed call. EEP Africa is looking for applications that propose and test innovative and best practise approaches to promote gender inclusion and create opportunities for women in the clean energy sector whilst also supporting the core business objectives of the applicants. These approaches may include, but are not limited to:

  • Inclusion of women in value chains
  • Development of women entrepreneurship, leadership & women-friendly working cultures
  • Promotion of women’s economic empowerment through productive use
  • Increase of access to energy finance for women (entrepreneurs and end users)
  • Development of women’s networks

We specifically welcome applications from women entrepreneurs and women-led organisations.


Under CfP15, applicants can apply for early-stage grants and repayable grants between EUR 200,000 —500,000. The minimum required co-financing is 30% of the total project budget.

Projects with a focus on the preparation of feasibility studies for an on-grid and/or utility scale development, which is approaching a clearly definable financial close, are considered for repayable grants. All other projects are eligible for grant financing.

How to apply?

Please carefully read the CfP15 Application Guidelines (PDF) before beginning the application process. The guidelines and other documents listed below provide detailed information on eligibility and evaluation criteria.

Please use the Concept Note Questions (PDF) to preview the application questions and prepare your responses before entering them into the form. This document is not an identical copy of the application form as some 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. Only Concept Notes submitted via the online application form will be considered for financing.

To start the application process, click APPLY HERE. We recommend using the ‘Save and Continue’ feature while filling out the form to avoid losing any entered information. You can also save an unfinished application and continue/edit it at a later time. Once you have fully completed your application (Concept Note), submit it to EEP Africa by pressing ‘Submit’. After submission changes to the Concept Note are no longer possible. A submission confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address you provided in the form.

Who can apply?

Applicants for EEP Africa funding must meet the eligibility criteria defined 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 and Zimbabwe

Biofuels liquid, Biogas, Cookstoves, Energy Efficiency, Geothermal, Hydropower, Solar PV, Solar thermal, Solid biomass, Waste to energy, Wind power, other RE/EE technology or a combination of the previous (including productive use of energy)

Eligible Applicants
Companies (including start-ups), Non-profit Organizations and Social Enterprises.

Registered legal entities only!

Project Types
Feasibility Studies or Pilot, Demonstration Replication or Scale-up Projects

Indicative Timeline

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

  • 20 February 2019: Call for Proposal opens
  • 2 April 2019 13:00 (Helsinki time, GMT +3): Application deadline
  • End of May 2019: Communication to shortlisted applicants
  • June-July 2019: Full Proposal submission
  • September 2019: Final decision
  • October-December 2019: Contracting period
  • 2020-2022: Project implementation (max 24 months)

Frequently Asked Questions

Any questions or clarification regarding the application form and process are to be sent to cfp@eepafrica.org by no later than 6 March 2019. Enquiries and consultations regarding the specifics of individual applications are not allowed.

EEP Africa is hosted and managed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). Funding partners for CfP15 are Austria, Finland and NDF.