Renewable Energy Fund Proposal Invited by REEEP - 2011

Proposals call by REEEP - 8th Round

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership


The Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is a non-profit, specialist change agent aiming to catalyse the market for renewable energy and energy efficiency, with a primary focus on emerging markets and developing countries.

REEEP is supported primarily by governments (Australia, Austria, Canada, the European Union, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, the US and the United Kingdom) and by contributions from the private sector. Robust governance and monitoring structures ensure that all contributions are spent transparently and effectively.

The Partnership was established alongside the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. It is now comprised of more than 350 partners including 45 governments as well as a range of private companies and international organisations.


The REEEP Regional Secretariats are around the world, including China and India, ensure that activities are locally relevant and focused.


1.    REEEP initiates and funds projects; targeted interventions in two specific areas that offer the greatest potential for developing the market for sustainable energy:

-         assisting governments in creating favourable regulatory and policy frameworks

-         promoting innovative finance and business models to activate the private sector


2.    REEEP develops and supports policy-maker networks with initiatives such as the Energy Efficiency Coalition (EEC), the Sustainable Energy Regulation Network (SERN) and Renewable Energy and International Law (REIL).


3.    REEEP disseminates and replicates learnings through news items, publications, its events.


During REEEP's Eighth Programme Cycle, the Partnership expects to fund approximately 30 projects with €4.5 million contributed by the Governments of the United Kingdom and Norway.




What kinds of proposals is REEEP seeking?

Preference will be given to proposals that aim to overcome the key barriers to the uptake of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE); Geographically, the focus is on the target countries of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, as well as other selected sub-Saharan African countries. REEEP also plans to support a small number of projects that target smart grids, fossil fuel subsidy reform or low-carbon transportation in these priority countries. Also in line with the declaration of 2012 as the 'International Year for Sustainable Energy for All', REEEP plans to support a number of projects that target energy access.


From whom does REEEP hope to receive proposals?

REEEP is calling for proposals from organisations that are either based in the target  countries and / or ones with significant local presence and participation. These organisations could include:


1.    National or regional governments

2.    Energy regulators

3.    Development financial institutions, UN agencies

4.    Private sector

5.    Educational and research institutions and

6.    Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)


What types of proposals are not likely to attract REEEP funding?

REEEP is unlikely to fund projects:

1.    that do not cover the defined priority countries (Exceptions may be made if the proposal is from a government, a regulator, or a development financial institution.)

2.    where the majority of the requested resources are for workshops, seminars, study-tours or conferences and awareness creation/information dissemination.

3.    that support hardware or infrastructure. (Co-financing from other donors or own resources can be used to support these costs.)


How do I apply?

The application process is exclusively online via the REEEP Project Management Information System (PMIS) which includes a live support function to assist applicants.  The subsequent selection, implementation, reporting as well as the evaluation and impact assessments of the projects will all be carried out within the PMIS.


Please note that application deadlines and exact procedures depend on the type of project being applied for:


1.    New projects follow a two-stage process. Applicants are first are asked to make preliminary concept submissions by 15th April.  A shortlist will be drawn up by the end of April, and those who are successful will then be asked to submit full, detailed proposals by 27th May.  

2.    Proposals for replication and scale-up of past projects and

3.    Proposals made by governments, regulators and development financial institutions (DFIs) all follow a one-stage process, with a single submission deadline for full, detailed proposals by 27th May 2011.

4.    Finally, bidders for specific, pre-defined commissioned projects should submit a pre-qualification request by 15th April, and full proposals will be invited from pre-qualified firms, also by May 27th.


What are the key dates?

  1. ·        Submission of new project proposals for two-stage selection process: 15th April 2011
  2. ·        Publication of short-lists for two-stage selection process: 29th April 2011
  3. ·        Submission of full proposals, replication and scale-up proposals and government and DFI proposals: 27th May 2011
  4. ·        Publication of final selections: 30th June 2011
  5. ·        Project implementation begins: 1st July 2011

All the project proposal submissions must be made through the PMIS. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. Application forms used in previous programme cycles are no longer valid for the Eighth Cycle.


Which countries are the target countries?

Target countries, as stated in the Call for Proposals document and for which funding is available, are Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa. In addition, a small number of projects in Sub-Saharan Africa will be supported. Sub-Saharan African countries that may be considered are: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Western Sahara and Zambia.


My project country is not a target country. Can my project nevertheless be considered?

Any proposal from a non-target country has a very low chance of securing funding, you may submit a proposal with the understanding that the chances are low.


Can I include non-targeted countries as part of a regional project which focuses on a target country?

Yes. However, the major actions should take place in the target country and the majority of resources should be spent on the target countries, despite expansion of scope.


What kind of organization can be a project implementer? Do we have to have government links?

All NGOs are eligible for funding and do not need links with governments. However, policy projects must demonstrate a strong commitment and buy-in from the target government(s) to secure financing. Priority will furthermore be given to proposals from local organizations based in the specified target countries or by external organizations with significant local participation.


How much funding is available?

REEEP offers a maximum grant amount of €150,000.00 (one hundred fifty thousand) per project.


Can REEEP funding be used towards larger projects with co-funders?

Yes. Please indicate in your proposal the amount of co-funding received from other sources, including your own organization, and provide letters of confirmation from your co-funders.


The project I had submitted to REEEP for the 7th Programme Cycle was then put on the waitlist. Do I have to resubmit for my project to be considered now?

Yes. Since waitlists are valid only for the programme cycle they were set up, they have expired by now. If your concept is still valid and relevant to the REEEP programme priorities and target countries, you can resubmit.

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