The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has just launched the third Call for Proposals on "Innovative low-cost climate solutions with a focus on local business development in eligible developing countries." The deadline for submitting proposals is 16 January 2012.
The aim of the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) is to promote the transfer of technology, know-how and innovative ideas between the Nordic countries and low-income countries facing climate change challenges.
The main goal is to bolster the capabilities of low-income countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change challenges and implement sustainable development measures which will lead to the reduction of poverty.
Grant financing of up to EUR 500 000 can be granted to partnerships between relevant Nordic institutions, organisations, companies, authorities and qualified local partners in low-income countries. The Nordic countries are Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Countries eligible for the grant financing programme include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe; Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam; Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua.
NCF is financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and implemented jointly with the Nordic Environement Financing Corporation (NEFCO). The total budget for the Third Call is EUR 6 million.
The Second Call, with an emphasis on renewable energy and urban adaptation to climate change, was launched in October 2010 and attracted 176 proposals, 12 of which were approved for funding.