Green Recovery Challenge Fund

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

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 story so far

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we began our search for projects to fund that supported acceleration of the low-carbon transition for ODA-eligible countries in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.

We wanted bold ideas that addressed specific low-carbon challenges. Ideas that were creative, innovative and scalable. Ideas that would promote gender equality and social inclusion and inspire future programmes to drive climate ambition at scale.

With a 12-month implementation period for the grantees, it was no small ask. We wanted everyone who applied to show us a new way of looking at these challenges and they had a rigorous process to go through to prove to us what was possible.

2021 marks the implementation phase of these projects. Want to learn more? Follow the journey with us.

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The UK government will fund the best projects and approaches to be deployed globally, and share UK expertise to support others with their own green recovery.

Alok Sharma President for COP26

We set out to find projects that could tackle regional problems on a global scale

Based on four funding windows – NGOs, businesses and academics all bid for funding of up to £500K. They attended webinars hosted in their region to learn more about the fund and the types of projects we expected to fund. From training and strengthening local networks to policy proposals that would accelerate emission reductions, our grantees brought the innovation we were looking for.

But the story doesn’t end there.

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Our partners are delivering projects all around the world

Click on the icons in the world map below to see a selection of the projects our implementing partners are working on. Information on all of our funded projects can be found here.

Get ready to apply for the GRCF in 2022

Following two successful funding rounds of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, we are pleased to announce that we will reveal the thematic windows for the next funding opportunity in early 2022. This funding round will launch in spring 2022, with projects starting in the summer.

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Find out more about the demand-led themes that we're funding projects across


Greening financial systems supports target countries across Asia and Latin America to mainstream climate-related financial risks and opportunities in order to accelerate the low-carbon transition and enable a green recovery.

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Electrifying urban mobility aims to advance more equitable, accessible and cleaner transport systems in target Asian countries, with a focus on electric vehicles.

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Clean energy transitions promotes new renewable energy policies, the transition of energy infrastructure and ensures energy security.

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Nature-based solutions supports economic alternatives that limit deforestation, and promote uptake of silvopastoral, agroforestry and regenerative agricultural systems.

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New and current applicants

Follow the links below to access the application portal and guidance on how to use the portal and submit your application.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) submission window for funding round 2 closed on 14 December 2020. EOIs were assessed and successful applications invited to submit a full proposal. This stage of the application built on the information gathered by the EOI and required greater detail about applicants’ project plan, the budget of grant funding being sought and the value for money each project would deliver.

With each step, we support our grantees to make their projects a reality

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Financial support

We provide a funding mechanism for projects that we are confident will have an impact.

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We support stakeholder engagement to ensure projects succeed with their beneficiaries.

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We help our grantees communicate great stories about their project to a wide audience.

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Thematic expertise

We provide connections to experts for each theme to support the success of projects.

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