NEWS

Updates from our global network

The African market is changing fast, international financial investments are developing quickly, and we are on top of these developments. 

21st September, 2022


U.S. African Development Foundation — Off-Grid Energy in Africa

The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) requests proposals for the USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge. Selected African off-grid energy companies will receive funding in the form of grant capital of up to US$250 thousand. To be considered for the Challenge, applicants must be 100% African-owned and -managed. Applicants must submit the completed application before 30 September 2022.

24th August, 2022


Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution Programme — Manufacturing Pollution in East Africa

The Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution Programme (SMEP) calls for concepts for piloting solutions that address manufacturing pollution in East Africa. SMEP seeks to fund concepts that pilot innovative investible pollution mitigation concepts that contribute to reducing or eliminating manufacturing pollution by transforming industrial waste-to-energy inputs for industrial processes or through technologies that recycle by-products from industrial processes. SMEP intends to fund up to six concepts, each receiving funding of between £250 thousand to £1 million. Eligibility extends to manufacturers, solution providers, research institutions, and industry actors. The call will close on 15 September 2022.

4th August, 2022


Europe-Africa Research and Innovation call on Renewable Energy now open for pre-proposal submission

The Long-term Europe Africa Partnership on Renewable Energy (LEAP-RE) is a 5 years program co-funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, aiming at developing a long-term partnership between Europe and Africa on Research and Innovation (R&I) in renewable energy. The program is conducted by a consortium of 83 partners from European and African countries. The total budget of the program is around €32 million, including €15 million from the European Commission. The program is focused on research and innovation projects proposed by public and private stakeholders. Deadline for pre-proposal submission 23 September 2022.12:00 CEST.

20th June, 2022


Climate Technology Initiative — Funding for Climate or Clean Energy Projects

The Climate Technology Initiative (CTI PFAN) provides funding to climate or clean energy projects. PFAN accepts applications for projects in low- and middle-income country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Projects may request between US$1 million and US$50 million. Projects providing energy access or rural electrification (clean cookstoves, solar home systems, mini grids) may request smaller sums between US$500 thousand and US$50 million. The application deadline is 28 August 2022.

6th June, 2022


Open Grant Funding Competition: Energy Catalyst Round 9 - Late Stage

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of the Ayrton Fund to invest up to £20 million in innovation projects.

23rd May, 2022


Germany launches DeveloPPP Ventures to invest in Kenya’s start-up ecosystem

Germany’s Federal Development Ministry (BMZ), together with Seedstars and NaiLab, is launching an entrepreneurial support program, DeveloPPP Ventures, that will avail grant of up to €100,000 to start-ups in Kenya.

27th April, 2022


The Digital Energy Challenge for start-ups

The Digital Energy Challenge for start-ups annually rewards 5 to 8 start-ups developing innovative digital projects that aim to improve energy access and electricity grid services in Africa. Financial support of up to €150K. The Challenge runs from 2021 to 2024. 

8th December, 2021

Kakuma, Kenya social enterprise window for Energy & WASH

The KKCF Social Enterprise Window Round 2 is open to businesses in any sector with priority on increasing access to: Water, Sanitation, Recycling, and Childcare. Social enterprises currently present in the areas or those willing to enter the market are invited to apply for performance-based grants, ranging from US $100,000 to a maximum of US $750,000, which will also require co-financing from the enterprises.

November 18, 2021

Embassy of Japan in Mozambique — Water and Sanitation

At Scaling: The Embassy of Japan in Mozambique provides financial assistance to non-profit organizations in support of Basic Human Needs, including Water and Sanitation. The maximum grant amount per project is 10 million yen (approx. US$90 thousand).  The deadline is 31 January 2022.

Visiting tea factories in Kenya to analyse sales performances and to make a strategic sales plan

At Scaling International we are working with a private investor to analyse sales results of a tea factory in order to make a strategic sales plan. It was a great learning possibility to visit tea factories and in the meantime analyse the amount of wood they use to produce high quality tea which is consumed worldwide. In 2020, Scaling International continues to work with the private investor and will negotiate with other investors to complete the total investment of $350,000.