ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Small Grants to Promote Gender Equality

Deadline: 31 December 2015

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) along with its partners is inviting applicants for small grant facility to provide technical and financial support to upscale the deployment of projects that simultaneously promote gender equality and improve energy access in the region.

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ECREEE aims to address existing barriers to the equal participation of men and women in expanding energy access in the region, and thus contribute to the success of the sustainable Energy for All initiative in the ECOWAS region. It has three facilities:

  • The ECOWAS Women’s Business Fund will support female entrepreneurs operating in the formal and informal sectors with innovative business ideas to establish or upscale energy businesses. Also the Fund includes a component on ‘Gender in power generation, transmission and distribution’, and will support Government Ministries, Departments or Agencies (MDAs) to incorporate gender dimensions in large scale energy infrastructure projects.
  • The Women’s Technical Exchange Program is a south-south cooperation framework which aims to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing for the replications and deployments of clean energy technologies. Through this Facility, trainers and trainees will be matched up to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer.
  • Women Economic Empowerment through Energy for Productive Uses aims is to expand energy access to support rural women in agricultural businesses and, thus, contribute towards poverty alleviation, increased employment, and improved health and educational levels of rural women for the sustainable development of the ECOWAS region.

Grants Information

  • The €5 Million Facility will run from June 2016 – 2019, and will identify gender-responsive projects through annual calls for proposals.
  • Prior to this, the Facility will commence with a pilot phase lasting till June 2016, and with a size of €500,000 will support about 7 to 10 energy projects.

Evaluation Criteria

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  • Sector or Strategic Fit: Project is within the priority areas considered by the ECOW-GEN Facility.
  • Development Impact: The project improves the quality of life of the local population.
  • Regional priority: The authorities (e.g. government Ministries, traditional leaders, etc.) are aware and in support of the project as contributing to the country’s development goals and agenda.
  • Institutional Capacity: The project should currently have capacity or should have credible plans to add capacity towards management and project implementation.
  • Gender responsiveness: The project should demonstrate its gender responsiveness, specifying how the proposal was designed with intent to address gender inequalities or inequities and/or to leverage gender benefits.

 Eligibility Criteria

The following entities will be eligible:

  • Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the 15 ECOWAS Member States;
  • International and local civil society organizations (CSOs)
  • Women and Community-based groups and associations (including youth organizations);
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Private sector organizations
  • Academia and research institutions

How to Apply

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Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.