Nigeria-UK PACT

Guidance introduction

Nigeria-UK PACT is an initiative to provide capacity building through technical assistance to achieve enhanced and sustained actions on emissions reductions. It will focus on projects that maximise emission reductions in Nigeria and respond to areas of demand, including those identified in Nigeria's recent NDC.

This page provides guidance on the overall UK PACT programme and how to submit an application for Nigeria-UK PACT.

Detailed guidance document (.pdf)

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Application process

Please note that the process for applications for Nigeria-UK PACT is slightly different to other Country Programme applications.

Applying organisations will need to create an account on the Programme Application Portal when the applications process is live. In the interim, registering interest via the form on this page will sign-up individuals for key updates on the programme. Applicants will be asked to first complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) application form for their funding window of choice. The Expression of Interest (EOI) application will collect general information about the organisation, eligibility information, project details and funding requirements.

Applicants who are successful at Expression of Interest (EOI) application will be invited to submit a Full Proposal. The Full Proposal will require greater detail about the project, including relevant stakeholders, beneficiaries, gender equality and inclusion considerations, project risks, intended outcomes, milestones, tasks and a full budget breakdown of requested grant funding using a prescribed template - this will be made available to shortlisted applicants.

All applications must be completed in English. The following content is available to provide all the necessary support for completing a UK PACT application:

Detailed guidance document (.pdf)

Expression of Interest template (.pdf)

Nigeria-UK PACT FAQs (.pdf)

Nigeria-UK PACT draft grant agreement (.pdf)

The template for the Full Proposal will be made available to shortlisted applicants. Should any further support be needed, the UK PACT team will be available to provide assistance during the application process. Contact details can be found here.


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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.


What are the focus areas?


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Accelerating energy efficiency

As Nigeria grows in prosperity, more housing and associated 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 in Nigeria by boosting knowledge, awareness and expertise amongst key stakeholders at national and sub-national levels.

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)

Project management

Applicants should be aware of how their project will be managed, should their application be successful. This includes due diligence checks, Grant Agreement details, grant disbursement process, and reporting requirements.

Initial due diligence checks will be performed on all applications at EOI stage. After the full application selection process, further due diligence checks will be performed on successful applicants. This will require projects to submit a self-declaration along with any relevant supporting documents.

For successful applicants the value and quarterly breakdown of grant funding will be based on the project plan and associated tasks, milestones and budget defined in the Full Proposal and committed through the Grant Agreement. Prospective applicants should review the terms and conditions of the draft grant agreement.

Grant payments will only be disbursed after the quarter’s project activities / milestones set out in the Grant Agreement have been validated to have been met. This will require the grantees providing evidence of project activities. Only eligible costs can be claimed as part of the grant funding and a full list of these, and expenditure reporting requirements, can be found in the guidance document. Payments will be made in arrears, in GBP via expenses invoiced for completed tasks. It is therefore necessary that the project has appropriate accounting systems in place to receive payments in this way and manage the funds responsibly.

Grantees will be required to report quarterly against a defined template on project results and project management aspects and this will form the basis of project evaluation.

Assessment process

  • All applications will be subject to competitive assessment to ensure that funded projects meet UK PACT's aim of supporting acceleration of the low-carbon transition as well as demonstrating value for money.

  • At the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage, projects will be assessed for their eligibility as pass/fail. Eligible projects will then be scored to assess their potential for transformational change (interventions that catalyse further changes and/or enable faster change to occur) and deliverability (expected likelihood of successful delivery of the project).
  • At full proposal, projects will be assessed on the greater level of detail provided for potential for transformational change and deliverability. Proposals will also be assessed on how well they demonstrate value for money throughout the application.

  • Details of the scoring criteria and weightings can be found in the guidance document.

  • In addition to scoring against the defined criteria, projects will be carefully selected to ensure a complementary portfolio balanced in theme, region and levels of novelty.

Guidance materials

Detailed guidance document (.pdf)

Expression of Interest template (.pdf)

Nigeria-UK PACT FAQs (.pdf)

Nigeria-UK PACT draft grant agreement (.pdf)

Accelerating energy efficiency (.pdf)

Nature-based solutions (.pdf)

Clarification questions

The material on this guidance page should provide all the necessary guidance for completing a Nigeria-UK PACT application. 

However, if you require clarifications concerning the Expression of Interest applications then please submit these via 

We will review questions until 13 October 2021, after which we will publish consolidated answers on the website.

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