The Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

GlobalAllianceCleanCookstovesGrants to increase the use of clean and efficient stoves for household cooking in the developing world

Principal Office: USA



The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private initiative to create a global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance aims to foster the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels in 100 million households by 2020 to address issues of health and safety, women’s work, and environmental degradation.

The Alliance has several objectives:

  • Expand awareness about the benefits of clean cookstoves;
  • Support training and demonstration of their use;
  • Promote market intelligence about where improved stoves are wanted and needed;
  • Encourage research and development of improved stove technologies and product designs; and
  • Foster increased capital investment to finance the growth of cookstove enterprises.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

The Alliance makes grants to help launch innovative pilot projects for clean cookstoves and fuels, and to fund capacity development and capital needs of businesses that make and/or market cookstoves for the developing world.

1 — The Pilot Innovation Fund. The Pilot Innovation Fund offers seed capital to test innovative approaches that strengthen supply and/or increase demand for clean cookstoves and fuels.

About the program


2 — The Women’s Empowerment Fund. The Women’s Empowerment Fund adds a gender dimension.

About the program


3 — The Spark Fund. The Spark Fund makes grants to strengthen the capacity and increase the capital investment of cookstove enterprises. The Fund targets enterprises which have already passed start-up and proof of concept, and which are in position to scale up their operations.

About the program

APPLICATION (for 1-2-3 preceding): The Alliance’s website announces calls for proposals. This refers to competitive grants, as well as to technical studies and consultancies.

Each call includes a description and objectives; criteria for eligibility; grant amounts; application guidelines; and instructions for submission.

Link to Spark Fund Competition

Link to Women’s Empowerment Fund Competition

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

The Alliance’s focus countries are identified below, applying the regional structure of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.

East Asia: China

South Asia: Bangladesh

Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda

Latin America and Caribbean: Guatemala

Note:  Additional countries are defined as national partners when they provide financial or in-kind support for Alliance activities. 


The Alliance offers an information platform about carbon finance, including a project screening tool to help determine if projects qualify for financial support from the Clean Development Mechanism.

The Alliance is in process of establishing a facility to offer working capital in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s Community Development Finance Group.

The Alliance is a relatively new program (from 2011-2012), and it invites partners and members.

The Alliance is hosted by the United Nations Foundation at its offices in Washington. Contact information is posted at the bottom of the Alliance’s home page.

Last Profile Review

 December 2015