Application is open for the Second Call For Proposal – CookFund Programme: Accelerated Market roll-out of Clean Cooking Solutions in Tanzania. The CookFund Programme, funded by the European Union (EU), is a three-year programme (2022 – 2024) that seeks to accelerate the market rollout of clean cooking solutions in Tanzania mainland, targeting five regions namely Dar es Salaam, Pwani, Morogoro, Dodoma and Mwanza. The Programme is implemented by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). UNCDF is both the Fund Manager and implementor of the Programme.
Eligible enterprises and companies to be supported by the CookFund programme will be impact-oriented small and medium enterprises (SMEs), companies and innovators engaged in commercially driven and environmentally
friendly cooking technologies. The funding eligibility will mostly consider businesses and operators with a good combination of outreach and end-user affordability, innovation, energy efficiency and less carbon emission cooking technologies suitable for roll-out in the programme areas. The following categories- of enterprises/companies will be considered:
- SMEs/Companies (producers, importers, distributors, assemblers, wholesalers, retailers) engaged in various clean cooking technologies: These include enterprises that can scale up production and/or sales to penetrate the market as well as those that can import and replicate proven and certified energy efficient cooking technologies for local assembly and/or distribution.
- Innovators and suppliers of end-user payment modalities for alternative energy for cooking solutions. These are clean cooking businesses with innovative solutions which make easy access of alternative cooking solutions for end users such as flexible payment systems (e.g., Pay as You Go platforms), finance options, etc.
Language of proposal and currency: Proposals must be submitted in English. Financial information should be denominated in euros.
The fund will be disbursed in consecutive rounds until completion during a three-year period with current funding of up to EUR 9.7 million in total. Targets, Incentives and subsidies may be readjusted and recalibrated in the next rounds(guidelines will be modified accordingly) depending on the response of the market to this first round of the call. With this Call for Proposals, UNCDF is inviting eligible Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and companies which are involved in the clean cooking value chain/technologies to apply for technical and financial assistance to accelerate market roll-out of clean cooking technologies in Programme targeted urban areas/regions. Financial assistance will mainly focus on addressing enterprises/companies’ undercapitalizations and end-user affordability.
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