Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) 2017: Call for Proposals ($USD 1 Million grant)

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The ACCF is seeking innovative and impact proposals that will support African countries to transition to climate resilient, low carbon development, and scale-up access to climate finance.

Proposals should be aligned with the priorities of the Bank, including the 10-year strategy (which aims for inclusive growth and a transition to green growth) and the High- Five priorities (which aim to light up and power Africa, feed Africa, industrialize Africa, integrate Africa, and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa), as well as with the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) or related adaptation strategies of the beneficiary countries.
The African Climate Change Fund (ACCF) was created by the African Development Bank in April 2014 with an initial contribution of € 4.725 million from the government of Germany to support African countries in building their resilience to the negative impacts of climate change and in transitioning to sustainable low-carbon growth.
Priority will be given to the following themes:
  • Supporting direct access to climate finance, including: supporting the development of high quality, bankable projects aligned with African  countries’ NDCs and NAPs or related adaptation strategies
  • Supporting the identification and strengthening of national institutions to access the GCF-Supporting small–scale or pilot adaptation initiatives to build resilience of vulnerable communities with a focus on:
o promoting access to clean energy
o promoting climate-resilient agriculture and economic diversification
o creating opportunities for youth and women in low-carbon sectors and improving access to water and sanitation
Eligible beneficiaries:
 This call for proposals is open to all eligible beneficiaries of the ACCF, including African governments
1, regional organizations, funds, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and research institutions
2, as well as Bank departments. Bank departments may submit proposals directly
3 , or may work with eligible external beneficiaries to support them in preparing high quality proposals. Proposals from consortia are allowed, as long as all members of the consortium are eligible beneficiaries.
 Grant amount and funding envelope:
 The funding envelope available for this call is USD5 million in the form of grants, and the Fund is seeking concept notes for projects and programmes in the range of USD 250,000–USD 1 million.
 Apply for a grant:
  • Eligible beneficiaries are invited to submit a concept note using this template to africaclimatechangefund@afdb.org before midnight GMT on 13 August 2017, with the subject “ACCF concept note: short project title”.
  • Concept notes should be submitted as Word of PDF documents, and should not exceed 5 pages in length and 1MB in file size.
  • All sections should be completed; incomplete concept notes will not be considered

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