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Energy and Environment (EEP) – Africa

The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme of Southern & East Africa (EEP S&EA) is a challenge fund that promotes renewable energy (RE), energy efficiency (EE), and clean technology investments in the Southern and East African regions. The EEP Programme supports projects which aim to provide sustainable energy services and energy security to the poor in rural and semi-urban areas, while combatting climate change. The EEP S&EA Programme is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (lead donor), UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

EEP provides seed financing to cover part of the project costs which are necessary to start and develop a business (such as pilot and demonstration activities) or which can create something in value so that it is worthy of investment (such as pre-feasibility and bankable feasibility studies). Funding at this stage helps the businesses to sustain themselves for a period of development until they reach a state when they are able to secure investment to continue funding themselves. To qualify for EEP support, projects should also demonstrate high innovation in delivering energy services, facilitating technology transfer, encouraging cooperation and local stakeholders’ participation in projects.The final beneficiaries of the EEP Progamme include households, communities, health service centers, schools, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and industries that have access to improved energy services from EEP supported projects.

Countries
Projects must be implemented in at least one of the following EEP S&EA partner countries: Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Who can apply?
Eligible applicants are registered private companies, public or educational institutions, research organisations, charitable and non-profit organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and cooperative organisations.

Application process
The timeline, specific eligibility criteria and application guidelines are Call for Proposal specific. Applications are generally sought in two stages: 1) first proposals stage, based on which successfully ranked applicants are invited to submit 2) final project proposal.

Call for Proposals
There are currently no calls open for this programme. New calls will be published on this website as soon as information is available.

Advance Consulting successfully assisted companies and organisations in developing concept notes and full project proposals for this (and similar) grant programme. Below are some examples:

Please contact Ties Minnen for a free assessment to find out whether your project idea may qualify for financing through the EEP programme.