Nigeria-UK PACT

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What is Nigeria-UK PACT?

UK PACT is partnering with Nigeria to support the implementation of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and deliver ambitious action on climate mitigation. Applications for the Expression of Interest stage will open on 5 October 2021.

The programme will award up to £3.75 million to projects that use technical assistance to improve key capabilities, helping Nigeria to accelerate its low-carbon transition and maximise emissions reductions.

Gender, Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) considerations form an integral part of the Nigeria-UK PACT Programme. They work to increase opportunities for women, promote equality for marginalised groups, and reduce discrimination as a co-benefit of its climate mitigation projects.

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is working with ICF Consulting to deliver the Nigeria-UK PACT programme as part of the UK’s International Climate Finance portfolio.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from a wide variety of groups, including think tanks, consultancies, academic institutions, community organisations, NGOs, professional associations, or any similar bodies that have the knowledge, skills, and experience to deliver an eligible technical
assistance project.

Applications are particularly welcomed from those organisations that have a track record of contributing to emissions reductions in Nigeria by delivering technical assistance and have experience in working with the Nigerian government.

Project proposals must be on a not-for-profit basis

Government agencies and departments are not eligible to apply either as a lead organisation, or as a partner organisation within a consortium. However, it is strongly encouraged that eligible applicants clearly demonstrate how they are responding to areas of priority and demand in Nigeria, whether that is through a letter of support from a relevant Nigerian government department or other primary beneficiary, or by a clear demonstration of the project’s response to Nigeria’s NDC.

What are the focus areas?

The focus areas of Nigeria-UK PACT have been selected to complement the mitigation targets of Nigeria’s recent NDC and fund projects that will have a significant impact on high-priority sectors for Nigeria's low-carbon transition. For this application round, Nigeria-UK PACT is looking for projects that propose innovative ways to accelerate energy efficiency and encourage nature-based solutions.

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Accelerating energy efficiency

As Nigeria becomes more prosperous and its population grows, more housing and home products will be needed. Projects responding to this focus area will help enable the financing and adoption of healthier, more energy efficient and sustainable buildings and appliances by boosting knowledge, awareness and expertise amongst key stakeholders at national and sub-national level.

Accelerating energy efficiency (.pdf)

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Nature-based solutions

This is another priority area in Nigeria’s NDC, with agriculture, forestry and land-use accounting for about 25% of total emissions. Projects in this area will help accelerate the adoption of sustainable land management practices that have a climate mitigation impact.


Nature-based solutions (.pdf)

What are we looking for?

We are looking for innovative ideas that address specific low-carbon mitigation challenges, show measurable results, promote social inclusion, and inspire future actions to increase climate ambition at scale while supporting countries to rebuild their economies after COVID-19.

Applications are open to international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations, research institutes and private sector companies. Each project has the potential to be awarded up to £1 million per annum and will receive funding for at least 12 months.

Examples of activities we expect to fund include: enhancing skills in key institutions by providing training; the recommendation of new policies or tools to accelerate emission reductions; creating knowledge and communication products (e.g. research papers); and strengthening networks of key actors to drive climate action.

UK PACT's demand-led approach welcomes projects that foster strong relationships with key stakeholders in high impact climate mitigation sectors. The programme is responding to Nigeria’s recent Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) as well as looking at areas in which ambition can be increased and demand generated in future NDCs.

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How to apply

Projects will be selected through an open call to prospective applicants with a two-stage competitive selection process. This application process differs from other Country Programmes, so please follow the specific detailed guidance.

The diagram below illustrates the process for the Nigeria-UK PACT programme. Please note that this process is different to other Country Programmes under UK PACT. Full details of each stage of the programme can be found in the detailed guidance information.

 

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Application specifications

What is the project budget and duration?

Each project has the potential to be awarded up to £1 million per annum and shall be funded for at least one year of activity. Funding beyond the initial 12 months is not guaranteed, but we welcome proposals that can demonstrate how a project might be extended to further years with additional funding.

Can a consortium apply?

Yes, we welcome applications from consortia. Consortia are highly encouraged to include a Nigerian organisation in line with the types of applicant listed below.

What type of organisations can apply?

We welcome applications from a variety of organisation types including think tanks, consultancies, academic institutions, community organisations, NGOs, professional associations, or any similar organisations that have the knowledge, skills, and experience to deliver an eligible project.

Government agencies and departments are not eligible either as a lead organisation, or as a partner organisation within a consortium. However, it is highly encouraged that eligible applicants clearly demonstrate how they are responding to areas of priority and demand in Nigeria, whether that is through a letter of support from a relevant Nigerian government department or other primary beneficiary, or by a clear demonstration of the project’s response to Nigeria’s NDC.

What type of projects can be proposed?

Project proposals submitted by applicants must clearly respond to the areas of demand set out in the thematic accelerating energy efficiency and nature-based solutions information documents, which are available here. All projects must have a clear climate mitigation focus, include GESI considerations, and demonstrate how it is responding to demand.

What type of costs are eligible?

All projects must be delivered on a not-for-profit basis. Eligible costs will include:
  • Consultancy and/or staff time required to deliver activities

  • Reasonable travel and subsistence costs

  • Other costs directly related to activities and outputs (workshops, seminars, production of reports, translation etc.)

We cannot award funding for tangible assets i.e. renewable energy infrastructure or seeds and equipment. 

Achieving climate mitigation with capacity building

We want to receive applications for capacity-building projects that focus on climate mitigation and emissions reductions. Capacity-building projects may include outputs such as: 
  • Training of key decision makers

  • Recommendations for action to tackle climate change or reduce emissions

  • Creation of new communications products and dissemination of knowledge products

  • The establishment or strengthening of partnerships or networks between key stakeholders

Check your eligibility

Potential applicants can use the following form to quickly check whether their project would be eligible for funding.

1. Do you have a project idea to accelerate low-carbon transition and promote greener, resilient and inclusive future in Nigeria?

Yes No

2. Does your proposed project to deliver capacity building in Nigeria focus on either of these themes?

  • Nature-based solutions: accelerating the adoption of sustainable land management practices for climate mitigation

  • Accelerating energy efficiency in Nigeria: enabling the financing and adoption of healthier, more sustainable and efficient buildings and appliances to support climate action

Yes No

3. Is there demand for your proposed project from Nigerian beneficiaries? 2

Yes No

4. Is your proposed project expected to cost less than £1,000,000 per annum to implement? 3

Yes No

5. Is your proposed project expected to last at least 12 moths?

Yes No

6. Eligible organisations include (but are not limited to) local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations, research institutes and private sector companies. Government bodies and agencies are not eligible for this scheme. Are you an eligible organisation?

Yes No

7. Are you confident that you will be able to demonstrate how your proposed project responds to demand and has the support of intended beneficiaries?

Yes No

Answering yes to all the questions above indicates that your project is eligible to apply for funding. Please click here to apply.

Answering yes to all the questions above indicates that your project is eligible to apply for funding. Please click here to register your interest.

If some of your answers were no, your project is not eligible just yet. The project may be eligible with some adjustments. Please review the material here regarding the types of projects we are funding.

 

[1] Capacity building is the development and strengthening of human and institutional resources. Please note, Nigeria-UK PACT Country Programme is intended for capacity building through sharing
information and expertise, training and consulting services only.

[2] Those organisations or groups of individuals who will benefit from the change that the project will deliver.

[3] Project proposals do not need to cost the maximum per annum budget and proposal budgets should be well matched with their objectives and outputs.

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Nigeria-UK PACT applicant information event

Join our event to learn more about Nigeria-UK PACT, the relevant thematic areas, the grant application process and key dates.

This event is not mandatory if you wish to apply, however it offers an opportunity to ask questions directly to the team administering the funding.

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To help us to determine your eligibility for the programme, please complete the form below.