Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) is seeking proposals for its Enterprise Development for Jobs that aims to contribute to job creation in developing countries by stimulating the establishment of new business enterprises or expansion of existing ones.
The main objective of this call is to stimulate renewable energy projects that increase access to renewable energy and thereby contribute to job creation and poverty reduction. The purpose of this call for proposals is to fund feasibility studies of renewable energy projects, pilot projects, and training, that can start implementation during 2018 or 2019.
The minimum grant size is NOK 500 000.
- The scheme does not provide investment support or loans but does provide grants to activities that contribute to early-phase project development and activities that limit commercial risk before investment decisions are taken.
- Eligible activities include but are not limited to feasibility studies, partner search, pilot projects, training of local staff, and local infrastructure investments related to the company’s investment in energy production capacity.
- Only projects in the following sector will be given priority under this call for proposals: Energy, defined as renewable energy.
- Funding will be prioritized for projects in the seven countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda.
- Projects in other developing countries eligible for Norwegian development assistance may also be considered. Among these, projects in low-income countries will be given priority.
- The applicant must own a minimum of 25% of the planned investment (in cases where joint ventures are considered). Any exception to this rule must be based on special justification.
- Grant recipients must have ethical guidelines for their business operations. These shall as a minimum meet the requirements of “Guidelines for the preparation of ethical guidelines for Norad grant recipients”. See ethical guidelines – Guide for Norad’s grant recipients.
- The applicant shall confirm that it has undertaken adequate security assessments for the employees that will work in high-risk areas, hereunder any mitigating measures related to training, guidance material, insurance, and equipment.
- Projects supported under this scheme must comply with the EEA Agreement rules on state aid.
How to Apply
For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.