The UK Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has partnered with ICF Consulting to deliver the Green Recovery Challenge Fund under the UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) program funded by UK International Climate Finance.
The Fund will disburse £12 million over two years on projects that will help countries accelerate their low-carbon transition. It will focus on projects that maximize emissions reductions in ODA-eligible countries across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a focus to support projects to build back better and promote a greener and more resilient future.
They are looking for innovative ideas that address specific low-carbon challenges, show measurable results, promote social inclusion and inspire future actions to increase climate ambition at scale while supporting countries to rebuild their economies after the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Each project has the potential to be awarded up to £500,000 over the course of a 12-month implementation period.
Examples of activities they expect to fund include:
- Enhancing skills in key institutions by providing training
- Recommendations for new policies or tools to accelerate emission reductions
- Creating knowledge and communication products (e.g. research papers)
- Strengthening networks of key actors to drive climate action.
Potential applicants can use the following form to quickly check whether their project would be eligible for funding.
- Do you have a project idea that aims to accelerate low-carbon transition and promote a greener, fairer and more resilient future in at least one of the following target ODA-eligible countries:
- Multi-country or regional project proposals may also include one or more of the UK PACT Country Programme countries (China, Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, and South Africa), however, the primary beneficiary must be one or more of the above-mentioned countries.
- Sub-Saharan Africa will not be included in the first funding round but will be included in future funding rounds.
- Does your proposed project aim to deliver the capacity building in the following areas?
- Greening financial systems in Latin America and Asia
- Electrifying urban mobility in Asia
- Is there a demand for your proposed project from local beneficiaries?
- Is your proposed project expected to cost less than £500,000 to implement?
- Is your proposed project expected to last up to 12 months?
- Eligible organizations include local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, research institutes, and private sector companies. Government bodies and agencies are not eligible for this scheme. Based on this guidance is your organization eligible to apply?
For more information, visit https://www.ukpact.co.uk/green-recovery-challenge-fund