|Donor:||WE4F (Water and Energy for Food)|
|Application procedure:||Online Application|
|Eligible applicants:||Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business|
|Grant size:||Medium - up to $1,000,000|
|Minimum grant size:||25.000$|
|Total available budget:||-|
|Maximum grant size:||250.000$|
|Funding ratio:||Co-funding required|
- Agriculture & Rural Development
- Capacity Building
- Economic Development
- Environment & Natural Resources
- Food Security
- Water & Sanitation
- Women & Gender
Angola, Botswana, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Water & Energy for Food (WE4F): A Grand Challenge for Development is a joint international initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union (EU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands, The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
WE4F aims to:
- Increase food production along the value chain through a more sustainable and efficient usage of water and/or energy
- Increase income for base of the pyramid (BoP) women and men in both rural and urban areas working in farming and/or consuming food products
- Sustainably scale the Organizations’ solutions to meet the challenges in the WE4F nexus.
- Promote climate and environmental resilience and biodiversity through the sustainable, holistic management of natural resources and ecosystems
This Open Call for Innovation (O-CFI) is designed to address barriers to enable the production of more food with efficient and sustainable usage of water and energy along the value chain from farming to end-users, and to impact food security, gender, and poverty reduction in an environmentally sustainable way.
WE4F is looking for mid- to late-stage enterprises, nonprofits with a for-profit program, and other organizations based in the Middle East and North Africa, who have innovative water-food, energy-food, and water-energy-food solutions. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements outlined below to participate in this call for innovation. WE4F is open to legally incorporated/registered for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations or academic institutions with a proven business model, recurring sales, an existing customer base, and the ability to generate revenue and maintain a self-sustaining operational budget.
The S/CA RIH supports innovators from Angola, Botswana, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Applicants must contribute the matching funds to the overall award if a grant is awarded. Individual awards are expected to range between 25,000 US Dollars and 250,000 US Dollars depending on the type of funding requested with the awardee expected to bring in a minimum 1-1 matching amount themselves. The period of performance for individual awards is up to two years; the actual period of performance for each award will be determined at the time of award.
The MENA RIH accepts applications on a rolling basis starting April 8, 2023. MENA Hub reviews of submitted applications are planned to take place every quarter, subject to the availability of funds. Applications must be submitted online.