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.

Funded Projects

In our first funding round, which closed for applications on 15 September 2020, we focused on Greening Financial Systems and Electrifying Urban Mobility. Descriptions of the successful projects can be found below:

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.

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Programa de Inversión Responsible

Peru

Strengthening capabilities on climate action for investors of the Peruvian financial ecosystem, within the framework of the Green Financing Roadmap.

Carbon Trust Mexico S.A. de C.V.

Argentina

Greening Finance in Argentina to combat climate change and promote inclusion.

Carbon Trust, UK

Brazil

Greening Agri-Finance in Brazil: mainstreaming low carbon and gender inclusive interventions in Plano Safra to transform Brazil’s agriculture and livestock sectors.

CDP WORLDWIDE

Brazil

Enhanced TCFD-aligned transparency for an economically and environmentally resilient financial system in Brazil.

CDP WORLDWIDE

Indonesia and Thailand

Closing the gap on sustainable finance and enabling green recovery through capacity building in CDP’s TCFD-aligned disclosures and the GRI standards.

Global Green Growth Institute

Peru, Colombia and Mexico

Capacity building to the government of Peru to support its first sovereign green bond issuance.

SMS Latinoamerica

Argentina

Promoting green finance to foster sustainable development in the North of Argentina.

WayCarbon

Brazil

Mainstreaming climate risk assessment in credit operations of Brazilian development banks.

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.

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CEPT Research and Development Foundation

India

Strategy and action plan for electrification of public transport and intermediate public transport in the Indian cities.

eDRV B.V.

India

Utility led smart electric vehicle charging for demand response and grid management in New Delhi, India.

Institute for Transportation & Development Policy

Indonesia

Building capacity and an action plan to scale-up Transjakarta E-buses.

Institute for Transportation & Development Policy

Indonesia

Action Plan for Electrification of Two-Wheelers in Jakarta.

Research Triangle Institute Global India Private Limited

India

Institutional capacity building framework program to accelerate adoption of electric mobility in public transport in India.

Ricardo - AEA Ltd

Bangladesh

Development of an EV financing tool and business model to enable the scaling-up of EV uptake.

Funding round 2

This round focuses on themes for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

The EOI submission window for funding round 2 closed on 14 December 2020. EOIs are now being assessed and successful applications will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.

Nature-Based Solutions: Promotion of sustainable agriculture and forestry

Nature-Based Solutions: Promotion of sustainable agriculture and forestry will support target countries in Latin America and Africa to enhance agroforestry, silvopastoral and regenerative agricultural practices to mitigate climate change, build resilient livelihoods and strengthen sustainable supply chains.

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Clean Energy Transition: Integrating grid and off-grid low-carbon energy solutions

Clean Energy Transition: Integrating grid and off-grid low-carbon energy solutions will support the clean energy transition in Africa, scaling and coordinating reliable and affordable low-carbon energy in target countries.

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What's next?

The EOI submission window for funding round 2 closed on 14 December 2020. EOIs are now being assessed and successful applications will 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.

Application Process Diagram

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.

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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Events

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, Latin America (Español)

27 October 2020

Focused on the application process and the thematic areas relevant to Latin America; Nature-Based Solutions. Presented in Spanish language.

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Regional webinar, UK PACT Green Recovery Challenge Fund, Latin America (English)

28 October 2020

Focused on the application process and the thematic areas relevant to Latin America; Nature-Based Solutions. Presented in English language.

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Regional webinar, UK PACT Green Recovery Challenge Fund, Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

2 November 2020

Focused on the application process and the thematic areas relevant to Sub-Saharan Africa; Nature-Based Solutions and Clean Energy Transition. Presented in English language.

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