The DFCD focus on several high impact investment themes, including climate-resilient water systems, water management and freshwater ecosystems, forestry, climate-smart agriculture, and restoration of ecosystems to protect the environment.

The fund is structured with three separate but operationally linked facilities, each with a specific  sub-sector focus and role across the project lifecycle. Furthermore, the consortium adopts a ‘landscape’ strategy for deal origination and execution. This strategy allows consortium parties to actively source and develop private sector investment opportunities for other consortium parties in-and-around, in the vicinity of, as well as downstream from, their own investment activities.


The Dutch fund for climate and development accepts applications on a rolling basis.  


The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) enables private sector investment in projects aimed at climate adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. 100,000 -250,000 euros grant funding per project in the origination facility.   With a co-financing requirement of 50%.  

Project Focus

Managed by World Wide Fund for Nature Netherlands (WWF-NL) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation collectively, the Origination Facility is positioned exclusively for project identification and (pre-) feasibility development activities with a cross DFCD thematic sub-sector focus. This window will seek to leverage the landscape strategy for activity sourcing and develop opportunities into viable business cases for the two investment windows (as below). The Origination Facility will provide grant funding and Technical Assistance for its activities. 

Target countries 

A substantial allocation of the DFCD’s investments will be reserved for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC). Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and other Netherlands development cooperation priority countries. 

Eligible applicants 

Minimum 6 million euros of assets, sector focus, and active in one of the target countries. 


Water Facility

Managed by Climate Fund Managers, the Water Facility will also target investments that have graduated from the Origination Facility in sectors related to water and sanitation infrastructure, as well as environmental protection. The Water Facility will contribute to the development, construction and operational phases of projects within these sectors. To achieve this the Water Facility will provide development grants, equity for construction and operational debt. It will utilize the proven fund structure of Climate Investor One and will target a €50 million Development Fund, a €500 million Construction Equity Fund and a €500 million Refinancing Fund, known as Climate Investor Two. The Water Facility will also source opportunities from Climate Fund Managers’ external networks and will provide post-construction phase community development and Technical Assistance.

€75 million will be allocated to this window to be deployed in ~ 30 projects.


  • Climate-resilient water supply and sanitation;
  • Climate-resilient landuse and ecosystems;
  • Improved wellbeing, economic prospects, livelihoods, inclusion; and
  • Lower GHG emissions.

Why work with Scaling International?


Scaling International helps companies to access impact finance: grants intended to create positive impact beyond financial return. We have knowledge of grant options that may apply to you. Please note that Scaling International is not affiliated with any of the above organisations. Contact us (info@scalinginternational.com) for a free assessment to find out whether your idea may qualify for financing and how we can be of your service.