Nordic Climate Facility’s Grants for Sustainable Livelihoods in Nordic & Low & Middle-Income Countries

Deadline: 29 January 2016

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) invites applications from Nordic Countries Organizations to promote the exchange of technology, expertise and innovative ideas between the Nordic countries and eligible low-income countries facing climate change.

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NCF is an initiative by Nordic Development Fund (NDF) that aims to increase low-income countries abilities to mitigate and adapt to climate change, contribute to sustainable development and alleviate poverty.


The theme of NCF6 is Green Growth for Sustainable Livelihoods.

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Eligible Countries

NCF financing can be granted to partnerships between relevant Nordic institutions, organisations, companies or authorities that hold a registered place of operations in either Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden, and qualified local partners located in eligible countries. The eligible countries are: Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.  Involvement of other partners from third countries is allowed.

Focus Areas

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  • Innovativeness, i.e. provide innovative solutions or products or innovative financing mechanisms.
  • Provision of tangible results and preferably generation of concrete investments as expected outcomes.
  • Building climate resilience among the vulnerable groups.
  • Inclusion of climate change mitigation actions and generation of a quantifiable volume of emission reductions (where applicable).
  • Combination of mitigation and adaptation impacts with measurable indicators.
  • Positive and measurable development impacts, poverty reduction, and a high number of final beneficiaries with due consideration to cross-cutting issues and the involvement of final beneficiaries, using a Base of the Pyramid (BoP) focus where applicable.
  • Empowerment of women in climate change adaptation and mitigation activities and business development.
  • Application of best practices from the Nordic region.
  • Replication and upscaling potential.
  • Ability to leverage more public and/or private financing.
  • Dissemination of results and potential for interregional cooperation.
  • Economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Grants available

NCF will grant EUR 250,000 to 500,000 and requires a minimum co-financing of 20% of the total estimated project costs.

Eligibility criteria

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  • NCF financing can be granted to partnerships between relevant Nordic institutions, organisations, companies or authorities that hold a registered place of operations in either Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden, and qualified local partners located in eligible countries (mentioned above).
  • All projects should be in line with National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action plans (NAMAs), and other relevant strategies and policies in the recipient country, as applicable.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online through the website.

For more information, please visit call for proposals.

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  1. Avatar DODHUTA NGO says

    Dear Rashmi kanti,
    I s Tanzania in East africa eligible to apply?
    Ms. Theopister

    • Avatar Reena Pandey says

      yes, Tanzania is eligible to apply for Nordic Climate Facility’s Grants. For further information on eligibility please visit the link given on the last line of the article.
      Thank You!

  2. Avatar Thong Chan Phin says

    Dear Madam/Sir,
    We are (Save Children and Rural Poor People) the Cambodian NGO seeking development grant for sustainable livelihood project, to be implemented in Chnok True area, Kampong Chhnang province, Cambodia.
    An innovative concept of the project is to improve WASH facilities at household and community levels, and to use treated wastewater and recycled organic solid wastes for farm and home gardening. In conjunction with this, the project will provide agriculture technique, introduce the short-term and high yield variety crops, animal species, new technology of water sourcing and irrigation system, and produce a washing liquid that effectively kill bacteria/parasite/pathogen for washing fruit, vegetable and for washing hands. Slurry from biogas and wastewater treatment system will be used to enrich soil.

    Please be informed that the government has recently relocated people from floating community on Tonle Sap Lake to the land area in Chnok True in a very rough manner. Relocating people are living with hunger, and some of them go back to floating village due to serious hunger, while some people are engaging eventually agriculture business.

    We believe that our project will be able to teach the government on future relocation preparation, able to conserve water body, and able to teach the government on sustainable livelihood improvement in a climate change context.

    Again, we would like to seek your advice if we are eligible to apply for grant with The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF)
    We thank you in advance for your kind consideration and feedback

    With kind regards,
    Thong Chan Phin
    Executive Director, SCRP

    • Avatar Rashmi Kanti says

      Hello Thong Chan Phin,
      Your country, Cambodia is eligible for Nordic Climate Facility’s Grants. Please visit the link below to check your further eligibility.
      Thank you!