ACP-EU Energy Facility II - Energy and Fragility
The Global objective of this Call for Proposals is to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on poverty alleviation, as well as of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) objectives on energy, while helping to fight against climate change.
The Specific objective of this Call for Proposals is to increase and improve access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for rural and peri-urban poor by focusing on renewable energy solutions as well as on energy efficiency measures.
For a proposed action (project) to be eligible for financing under this Call for Proposals, it must first of all fall under the above objectives. Furthermore the action will have to adhere to the following priorities:
- Reduce Fragility, Post-conflict recovery: actions in line with the specific objective of the Call will specifically target areas affected by post-conflicts impacts and/or natural hazards (such as droughts, floods, etc.) impacts. Will be considered for funding only actions providing access to energy services to not less than 10,000 people by the end of the project duration whilst priority will be given to projects demonstrating higher efficiency through providing access to a higher number of people.
- Geographical Focus: concentrate on the target group, i.e. poor people living in scattered settlements, villages, rural areas of the following target countries: Burundi, Central African Republic, Liberia, Mali and Somalia.
- Ownership: anchor ownership of a project to the beneficiary and to ensure the coherence and alignment of the project with Local, National or Regional Development Plans and other sector-specific, poverty reduction and energy-related policies.
The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is: Global Budget: 15.00 M€
(1) In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicant must:
- be legal persons and
- belong to one of the following categories:
- non-state actors (NSA), including actors under private law entrusted with a public function related to Energy (public utilities, parastatal, semi-public or private with a legally valid concession or any agreement needed depending on the legal requirements in each targeted country) at municipal or regional level or
- State (local, regional and national) actors or
- ACP regional organisations and
- be established in
- a Member State of the European Union or
- an EEA Member State (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or
- an official EU candidate country (Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) or
- one of the ACP countries or
- another Least Developed Country (LDC) as defined by the United Nations and included in section
Furthermore, considering that proposed actions will take place exclusively in least developed countries as defined by the OECD/Development Assistance Committee (DAC) 10 reciprocal access shall be granted to the members of the aforementioned Committee and
be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
(2) The potential applicant may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if it is in any of the situations listed in Section 2.3.3 of the Practical Guide to contract procedures for EU external actions (available from the following Internet address:
In Part B section 8 of the grant application form (‘Declaration by the applicant’), the applicant must declare that the applicant himself, the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies) are not in any of these situations.
If awarded the Grant contract, the applicant will become the Beneficiary identified as the Coordinator in annex E3h1 (Special conditions). The Coordinator is the main interlocutor of the Contracting Authority. It represents and acts on behalf of any other co-beneficiary (if any) and coordinate the design and implementation of the Action.