The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) is opening the pre-qualification stage for its second Call for Proposals (BGFA2) with the aim to accelerate the provision of off-grid energy services in Mozambique. BGFA2 invites interested energy service providers (ESPs) to compete for results-based financing under a funding window geared specifically towards developers of micro-grid solutions in Mozambique.
The BGFA Country Programme for Mozambique, the related Funding Window and this specific Funding Lot have been designed in close cooperation with the Mozambican Energy Fund (FUNAE), which has contributed substantially to off-grid energy access over the last 20 years.
- The energy services are to be implemented during a four-year period with total funding of EUR 6.7 million provided by the Swedish government.
- In order to respond to the financial challenges resulting from the current COVID-19 crisis in particular, up to 30% of the requested funding can exceptionally be disbursed in advance (at contract signing) to a maximum of EUR 500,000.
Eligible Project Countries
- Projects for BGFA2 can only be implemented in Mozambique.
- For-profit companies
- Applicants (i.e. single ESP companies applying for BGFA2 funding) or Lead Applicants (i.e. ESP companies applying for funding on behalf of a Project Consortium) should be for-profit companies.
- Applicants/Lead Applicants should be legally incorporated and included in the register of for-profit companies in the Project Country or commit to being incorporated and registered as such before signing a possible contract.
- Applicants/Lead Applicants should be in compliance with all tax, regulatory and legal frameworks in both their home country and the Project Country (if different).
- Applicants/Lead Applicants are allowed to include non-profit entities, community based organizations or other non-commercial entities to take part in the project implementation as a Significant Sub-Contractor, a Project Partner or a Consortium Member.
- Applicants/Lead Applicants are kindly reminded that no governmental entity, public agency or donor can function as a Consortium Member, Project Partner or Significant Sub-Contractor.
- Individual persons or groups of persons (who are not legally incorporated and registered as a company) are not eligible for BGFA2 funding.
To be eligible for BGFA2 funding, a Project Consortium must be represented by a Lead Applicant. The Lead Applicant is required to assume full responsibility for the application and project implementation. The Lead Applicant should also act as NEFCO’s only direct counterparty (in a possible contract and as regards reporting, etc.). To qualify, the Lead Applicant should be able to demonstrate that it and the Project Consortium possess sufficient management capacity.
- Applicants/Lead Applicants may have more than one Project Partner. Project Partners may be non-commercial in nature (including, but not limited to, associations, NGOs and non-profit organizations).
- Applicants/Lead Applicants should be able to demonstrate that Project Partners have a material and meaningful interest in the implementation of the proposed project. Project Partners may be product suppliers; financial service partners; engineering, procurement and/or construction service providers; or similar.
For more information, visit https://www.nefco.org/news/the-beyond-the-grid-fund-for-africa-launches-its-second-call-for-proposals-for-micro-grid-enterprises-in-mozambique/