Donor: Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
Application procedure: Letter of Inquiry
Donor base: Netherlands
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Social Business
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Large - more than $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Equity, Loans
Maximum grant size: 10.000.000€
Funding ratio: Co-funding preferred


  • Economic Development
  • Energy

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

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

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective

The Access to Energy Fund is jointly initiated by the Dutch government and FMO in 2007 to support private sector projects aimed at providing long-term access to energy services in emerging markets and developing countries. The main fossil fuel sources – oil, coal and gas – are finite natural resources, and we are depleting them at a rapid rate. Climate change has become a reality and is changing our future. This is intensifying the race to come up with energy solutions that are affordable for all and produced in ways that can be sustained by the global economy and the planet.

The fund supports energy generation, transmission and distribution projects in developing countries. The fund focuses on sustainable energy solutions, which is a focus area for FMO as a whole. The fund can finance renewable energy projects in all countries on the OECD DAC country list, which contains all countries and territories eligible to receive official development assistance.

2) Eligibility

Private sector projects are eligible.

3) Location

AEF provides funding to OECD DAC countries.

4) Budget

The fund can either directly invest in or lend to a project or motivate a wider range of investor interest. The funding possibilities include: Minority shares in equity investments, also for early-stage project development; and loans of up to (the equivalent of) €10,000,000.

5) Application

Interested organisations can get in touch with the AEF team anytime via the online form on their website. Prospects must meet technical, financial and institutional requirements and should comply with FMO’s environmental, social and corporate governance guidelines. Further, FMO fully reviews investment plans, market analyses, due diligence studies and expected returns – as well as owner, manager and co-financier commitments.

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