Green Recovery Challenge Fund

A £12 million capacity-building fund to support low-carbon transitions and a green, resilient economic recovery across ODA-eligible countries.

What is it?

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has partnered with ICF Consulting to deliver the Green Recovery Challenge Fund under the UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) programme funded by UK International Climate Finance.

The UK PACT Green Recovery Challenge Fund will disburse £12 million over two years on projects that will help countries accelerate their low-carbon transition. It will focus on projects that maximise emissions reductions in ODA-eligible countries across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a focus to support projects to build back better and promote a greener and more resilient future.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for innovative ideas that address specific low-carbon 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 the COVID-19 outbreak.

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 £500,000 over the course of a 12-month implementation period.

Examples of activities we expect to fund include:

  • Enhancing skills in key institutions by providing training
  • Recommendations of new policies or tools to accelerate emission reductions
  • Creating knowledge and communication products (e.g. research papers)
  • Strengthening networks of key actors to drive climate action.
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Funding rounds 1 & 2

Funding round 1 is now closed, please register your interest in funding round 2. Future funding rounds will focus on different themes and regions, including countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Details will be announced later this year.

Funding round 1 launched in August 2020 and focused on the following two themes:

Greening financial systems

Greening financial systems is aimed at projects in Asia and Latin America, that mainstream climate-related financial risks and opportunities to accelerate the low-carbon transition and enable a green recovery. Further detail about this theme can be found in the window description here.

Greening financial systems

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Electrifying urban mobility

Electrifying urban mobility aims to advance more equitable, accessible, and cleaner transport systems across Asian countries, with a focus on electric vehicles. Further detail about this theme can be found in the window description here.

Electrifying urban mobility

How you apply

Funding round 1 is now closed, please register for updates to hear about future funding rounds.

To apply to the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, you must first register through the application portal and complete an Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI will gather information about your project, the positive change it aims to create and the ability of your organisation to successfully deliver the project.

Successful applications will then be invited to submit a Full Proposal. This stage of the application will build on the information gathered by the EOI and requires greater detail about your project plan, the budget of grant funding being sought and the value for money your project will deliver.

All applications must be completed and submitted through the portal in English. Guidance on completing a proposal can be found on the Guidance page.

Have a great idea for a project that doesn’t fit into the themes described above? Future funding rounds will cover different themes and regions, so register for updates to hear about future opportunities.



Current applicants

Follow the links below to access the application portal and guidance on how to use the portal and your application can be found on the GRCF guidance page.


To find out more about the UK PACT Green Recovery Challenge Fund and our expectations for quality applications for funding, we welcome you to watch one of the Regional Webinars. Select the event that you would be interested in watching and you will be taken to a registration page.

Regional Webinar, UK PACT Green Recovery Challenge Fund, Asia

5 August 2020 | 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM BST (UK time)

Focussed on the application process and the thematic areas relevant to Asia; Greening financial systems and Electrifying urban mobility

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Regional Webinar, UK PACT Green Recovery Challenge Fund, Latin America

6 August 2020 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM BST (UK time)

Focussed on the application process and the thematic area relevant to Latin America; Greening financial systems.

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