Donor base: Sweden
Application procedure: Concept Note, Full Proposal
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Annual number of calls: Up to 20

Financial details

Donor size: Large - more than $5,000,000
Funding instruments: Grants, Loans, Other
Annual funding volume: More than $20,000,000
Funding ratio: up to 90%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Climate Change
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iraq, Myanmar, Palestine, Russian Federation, Turkey

  4. Europe

      Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine


1) About

SIDA is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. It implements the Swedish development policy that will enable poor people to improve their lives. SIDA works with civil society organisations, private and public sector entities as well as research organisations. Funding schemes for NGOs include: (1) Framework agreement: Sweden’s support to NGOs in developing countries is channelled through a Swedish CSO that has a framework agreement with SIDA (currently 17 organisations) or (2) Humanitarian aid: New players have the opportunity to apply for eligibility as a strategic partner organisation to carry out humanitarian and conflict-related activities. Funding schemes for private sector entities include (co-funding 50%): (1) Public Private Development Partnership: The public and private sectors make a joint investment in a project implemented by a third party; or (2) Challenge Funds: To encourage new ideas and innovations in development cooperation, SIDA provides different actors the opportunity to compete for funding from challenge funds.

2) Thematic Interest

  • Humanitarian aid
  • Democracy and human rights
  • Gender
  • Environment and climate
  • Health
  • Market development
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Education
  • Conflict resolution

3) Focus Countries

They mainly work in 35 selected countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America: Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Liberia, Macedonia, Mali, Moldova, Mozambique, Myanmar, Palestine, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

4) Application Procedure

SIDAs budget for NGOs is around €500 million per year and most of its aid is going to Congo, Afghanistan, Mozambique and Zambia. SIDA either initiates a dialogue with a potential cooperation partner or conduct a gap analysis in relation to the Strategy objectives and publish a call for proposals to identify new cooperation partners. Eligible are Swedish, international and local organisations. The calls for proposals are published on their website under the sections ‘calls and announcements’ on a regular basis. Grant amounts and application procedures differ depending on the calls. It is also recommended for interested applicants to get in touch with the SIDA representative offices in the respective countries as funds are also managed locally. For private sector partners they recommend to get in touch with the embassy in the country of the suggested project.

5) Contact

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Valhallavägen 199
105 25 Stockholm

T: +46 8 698 50 00
F: +46 8 20 88 64
E: sida(a)sida.se


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