Africa Climate Change Fund 2017 (Grants of USD $250,000 – $1million)

Africa Climate Change Fund 2017 (Grants of USD $250,000 – $1million)

Deadline: August 13, 2017

The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF), housed in the Climate Change and Green Growth Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB), is launching a call for proposals. The Africa Climate Change Fund is seeking innovative and impactful 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, industrialise 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.

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:
    • promoting access to clean energy;
    • promoting climate-resilient agriculture and economic diversification;
    • creating opportunities for youth and women in low-carbon sectors and improving access to water and sanitation


  • The funding envelope available for this call is USD 5 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.


  • Open to all eligible beneficiaries of the ACCF, including African governments, regional organizations, funds, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and research institutions, as well as Bank departments;
  • Proposals from consortia are allowed, as long as all members of the consortium are eligible beneficiaries.

Selection Process

  • An initial screening of all concept notes received by the deadline will be carried out by the ACCF Secretariat against the established criteria;
  • Shortlisted proponents will be invited to present full project proposals for evaluation. Proponents will be given approximately 1 month to prepare a full proposal;
  • Proposals will be evaluated by the ACCF Secretariat against the established criteria. Top ranked proposals will be selected for further appraisal. Full proposals not selected for appraisal will be notified;
  • Project appraisal will be carried out by the Bank’s technical and fiduciary experts (led by the ACCF Secretariat) through a desk review, unless an in-person review is deemed necessary;
  • Proposals that successfully complete appraisal will be submitted to the ACCF’s Technical Committee (TC) or Oversight Committee (OC) for consideration and approval. Proposals that are rejected at the appraisal stage will be notified;
  • No guarantee of funding is implied by a proposal being moved forward to the project appraisal phase, as authority to approve lies wholly with the TC (proposals up to US$ 500,000) or OC (proposals above US$ 500,000 up to US$ 1,000,000).


Applicants are invited to submit a concept note using this template to [email protected] before midnight GMT on 13 August 2017, with the subject “ACCF concept note: short project title”.

For more information, visit Africa Climate Change Fund.