European Union: Seeking Proposals for Women and Sustainable Energy Program

Deadline: 25 April 2017

The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for “Women and Sustainable Energy” program with an aim to promote women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in the sustainable energy sector/value chain.


  • To create jobs and/or entrepreneurship opportunities in developing countries for women;
  • To increase capacities of women to operate in the sustainable energy sector;
  • To raise awareness within communities, society and local/regional/national authorities on the potential and benefits of sustainable energy and women’s role in sustainable energy value chains.

Size of Grant

Any requested EU contribution under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 4 000 000 and EUR 8 000 000.


The action must be implemented in at least 3 countries of which at least 1 in Sub-Saharan Africa.


The initial planned duration of the action’s implementation may not be lower than 36 months nor exceed 60 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary
    • be established in
      • a Member State of the European Union; or
      • a Non-EU country of the European Economic Area; or
      • an IPA II beneficiary country
      • a developing country or territory, included in the OECD-DAC list of ODA recipients, which is not member of the G20 group;
        • Least Developed Countries (LDCs);
        • Other Low Income Countries;
        • Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories;
        • Upper Middle Income Countries and Territories;
      • a G-20 member developing country only if they are also the (or one of the) beneficiaries of the action
      • an Overseas Country and Territory (OCTs) covered by Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union; or
      • a Non EU Member State of the OECD only when contracts are implemented in a Least Developed Country (LDC) or in a Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC).
    • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations
    • The lead applicant must declare that the lead applicant himself, the coapplicants and affiliated entity(ies) are not in any of these situations.
    • The lead applicant must act with at least two co-applicants as specified hereafter.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

Eligible Countries:

  • Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • Non-EU countries of the European Economic Area: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • IPA II beneficiary countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Least Developed Countries (LDCs): Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia.
  • Other Low Income Countries: Kenya, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Tajikistan, Zimbabwe.
  • Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories : Armenia, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d´Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tokelau, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Upper Middle Income Countries and Territories : Albania, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gabon, Grenada, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Montenegro, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Panama, Peru, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Serbia, Seychelles, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga,  Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna.
  • G-20 member developing countries: India, Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil, China, Mexico and South Africa
  • Overseas Country and Territory (OCTs): Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curação, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Greenland, Montserrat, New Caledonia and Dependencies, Pitcairn, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Helena Ascension Island Tristan da Cunha, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Turks and Caicos, Wallis and Futuna Islands
  • Non EU Member State of the OECD: Australia, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America- these countries are eligible only if the action is implemented in a least developed countries (LDC) (see list (i) above) or in a Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) (Bolivia, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua).

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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