UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Grants to organizations in priority countries to address climate change and increase energy security
Principal Office: UK
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is the UK’s diplomatic service, with a global network of offices in about 170 countries. The FCO advances the UK’s international aims in trade and investment, culture and diplomacy, and international affairs.
The FCO manages several funding programs. Among them is the Cross-Country Prosperity Fund to promote economic reform and development for growth in partner countries.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
Cross-Country Prosperity Fund. The Cross-Country Prosperity Fund operates in several developing countries and regions to improve the business climate; to advance competitiveness and operation of markets; to promote energy and financial sector reform; and to increase the ability of governments to tackle corruption.
Specific themes include one to address energy and climate (to include extractives, renewable, and low-carbon sources), and to advance environmental industries.
The UK’s diplomatic missions administer the program. The missions have considerable autonomy to choose grant themes and grant-making processes that are consistent with the overall aims of the Fund.
In many cases, eligibility criteria for the Prosperity Fund are broad to include civil society organizations, government institutions, universities, research organizations, and business organizations. However, eligibility has to be confirmed case by case.
In the countries and regions which participate in the Fund, the UK’s diplomatic missions announce calls for proposals. Each call provides eligibility criteria, application forms, and the submission deadline.
About the Cross-Country Prosperity Fund
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
In 2015-2016, the Prosperity Fund (which preceded the Cross-Country Prosperity Fund) operated in the following developing and emerging countries, applying the geographical framework of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
East Asia: China
South Asia: India
Eurasia and Central Asia: Turkey
Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa
Latin America and Caribbean: Brazil, Mexico
Notes: (i) The Prosperity Fund also made grants in South Korea and regionally for Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
The FCO is the main funding source of the UK’s Chevening Scholarships. Since 1984, the Chevening program has provided more than 40 thousand scholarships at UK institutions of higher education for post-graduate students worldwide (excluding the EU and USA). Eligible subject areas often include one or more of agriculture, energy, climate change, environment, and sustainable development.
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