Donor: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Social Business
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants, Other
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Climate Change
  • Economic Development
  • Energy

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, 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, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


1) Objective 

Power Africa is a U.S. Presidential initiative launched in late June 2013 by President Obama. Rooted in partnership, Power Africa is working with African governments, the private sector, and other partners to increase the number of people with access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. It is focused on unlocking the substantial wind, solar, hydropower, biomass, geothermal, and natural gas resources in all of sub-Saharan Africa. The size of projects varies, from large-scale projects (50 MW and greater) to small-scale projects (less than 10 MW) and off-grid energy projects (any size, but usually between 1 kW residential applications to 5 MW projects). Power Africa also supports the development of expanding transmission and distribution networks.

Power Africa seeks partners that are aligned with the effort to add 30,000 megawatts (MW) of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity, as well as increase electricity access by adding 60 million new home and business connections throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Partners include a range of private sector players across the power delivery value chain that can help Power Africa and sub-Saharan African nations meet these ambitious goals. Power Africa partners include developers/sponsors, debt and equity providers, transmission and distribution companies, EPCs, equipment suppliers, as well as, foundations and energy associations.

2) Eligibility 

In order to become a Power Africa Partner, a private sector company must demonstrate the ability to aid Power Africa in reaching its goals of adding 30,000 Megawatts of cleaner energy and 60 million new home and business connections by 2030. Potential private sector partners are assessed using a number of different criteria, including, but not limited to: (1) the location of projects, sub-Saharan Africa capacity to complete projects; (2) experience and presence in sub-Saharan Africa; (3) cleaner technologies used for projects; and (4) confirmation based on a due diligence review that the partnership would not cause representational risk to the United States Government.

3) Location 

Actions must take place in Sub-Saharan Africa.

4) Budget 

No minimum and maximum budget limits are specified for this funding opportunity.

5) Application

Applicants interested in partnering with Power Africa are encouraged to provide a brief description of the company and proposed power sector activities in sub-Saharan Africa. Submit your inquiry to: powerafrica(a)usaid.gov. A member of the Power Africa team will reach out to the applicant to further understand their interest in the initiative and explore how best Power Africa and the applicant’s company might collaborate. If there appears to be a strong fit, the applicant’s company may be invited to provide a letter of commitment expressing their support for Power Africa and setting forth the specific activities they intend to pursue in furtherance of Power Africa’s objectives.

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