Green Recovery Challenge Fund


UK PACT is designed to provide capacity building through technical assistance to achieve enhanced and sustained actions on emissions reductions. 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. The Green Recovery Challenge Fund aims to develop a portfolio of bold and novel projects that address specific low-carbon challenges. This page provides guidance on the overall UK PACT programme and how to submit an application for the Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Programme background

Climate change multiplies the effects of poverty. The impacts of climate change, now and increasingly in the future, fall disproportionately on the world’s poorest. We cannot address global poverty without also addressing climate change.

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There is a clear need for capacity building through technical assistance to address the global challenge of climate change. A lack of enabling policy frameworks and clear project pipelines are cited as the two biggest barriers to implementing the NDC targets under the Paris Agreement. Using relatively small amounts of funding to deliver capacity building can catalyse transformational change.

Programme overview

UK PACT is a £60m capacity building programme under the UK’s International Climate Finance (ICF) portfolio.

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UK PACT works with partner countries, supporting them to accelerate their clean growth transitions, meeting the demand for high quality skills and expertise aligned with UK leadership and experience.

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is one of three core components of UK PACT and aims to create a portfolio of novel and scalable projects that are supporting acceleration of the low-carbon transition. This will be achieved through supporting sustainable solutions across ODA-eligible countries; ensuring that they show measurable changes, promote social inclusion and inspire future programmes to drive climate ambition meeting local and global needs. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a focus to support projects that promote a greener, fairer, and more resilient future.

Application process

The application will be a two-step process: Expression of Interest (EOI), followed by full proposal for shortlisted applicants.

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Applying organisations should register their interest and create an account for the portal where application submissions will be uploaded. Applicants should then complete an EOI application form for their funding window of choice. The EOI will collect general information about the organisation, eligibility information, project details and funding requirements.

Applicants who are successful at EOI 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 Green Recovery Challenge Fund application:

The template for the full proposal will be made available to shortlisted applicants. Should any further support be needed, the UK PACT Green Recovery Challenge Fund team will be available to provide assistance during the application process. Contact details can be found here.

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.

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At EOI, 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. Distribution across countries will also be considered.

Project management

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

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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.

Additional resources

Application guidance video


Watch this step by step guide through the application process with hints and tips along the way. Please see below the chapter timings as a quick reference guide:

Chapter timings

  • 00:04 – How to apply
  • 00:35 – Registration process
  • 01:18 – Selecting your call for proposals
  • 02:08 – Filling in the form
  • 05:19 – Navigation menu
  • 05:58 – Homepage
  • 06:32 – Additional help

Clarification questions contact details

Clarification questions concerning EOIs for funding round 2 has now closed and the answers are published in the FAQs that can be found in the additional resources section above. Any further clarification questions relating to EOIs for funding round 2 will not be responded to. The material on this guidance page should provide all the necessary guidance for completing a Green Recovery Challenge Fund application.