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

U.S. African Development Foundation — Off-Grid Energy Challenge

USADF and Nithio request proposals for the USADF-Nithio Off-Grid Energy Challenge. Proposals are invited from Kenyan off-grid solar operators. Approximately two to five awards are anticipated. Selected enterprises will receive funding in the form of a combination of loan and grant funds, in the amount of between US$400 thousand and US$1 million. Applications have to be submitted by 02 December 2019. More

Interreg Baltic Sea Region — Seed Money Call

Interreg Baltic Sea Region provides seed money to support the preparation of projects in line with the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The Programme area covers eight EU Member States (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, parts of Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden) and two partner countries (Norway and parts of Russia). Seed money applications can be submitted by national, regional or local authorities. The total budget of a seed money project is €50 thousand. Draft applications have to be submitted by 09 December 2019. Find details

ENEA Consulting — Support for Energy Initiatives in Africa and Asia

ENEA Access offers 50 to 60 days of professional consulting services on a pro-bono basis. The Energy Access Booster is open to entrepreneurs based in Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia. Activities that can be considered for ENEA’s support include feasibility studies, market and business models, implementation of pilot projects, and others. Selected entrepreneurs receive a financial contribution of up to US$ 50 thousand. Projects must clearly contribute to the reduction of poverty and/or climate change as a result of improved access to energy. There are no restrictions regarding the home country of the applying organization. The closing date is 13 December 2019. Click here

Global LEAP Awards — Solar E-Waste Challenge

The Global LEAP Solar E-Waste Challenge seeks innovative approaches to e-waste management in the off-grid solar sector in Africa. Funding is available for recycling and e-waste management companies who work with solar lanterns, solar home systems (SHSs), and solar-powered appliances. Awards will range from US$50 thousand to US$300 thousand. The competition is open to solar companies, suppliers or technology service providers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 15 December 2019. Link to the Solar E-Waste Challenge

European Commission — WASH & Management of Natural Resources in Namibia

The European Commission aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations in Namibia. The objective of this call is to improve the participation of CSOs in the implementation of relevant public policies and programs. Priority sectors unter this call include (1) Water Sanitation and Hygiene, and (2) Management of Natural Resources. Grants requested must fall between €250 thousand and €600 thousand. Eligibility extends to non-profit organizations registered in the EU or Namibia. The deadline for submission of concept notes is 19 December 2019. Find the call

Center for Mediterranean Integration — Mediterranean Water Heroes Contest

The Center for Mediterranean Integration and partners invite applications for the 4th Mediterranean Water Heroes Contest. Winners will participate in the CMI 2020 World Water Day workshop in Murcia, Spain (March 2020) with covered travel and accommodation. World Water Day 2020 will focus on “Water and Climate Change.” Young researchers, entrepreneurs and activists (18-35 years) working on water challenges in the Mediterranean from Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Montenegro, Palestinian Territories, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey are eligible to apply. Team applications will be accepted. Applications can be submitted in English and Arabic. Deadline for applications is 15 December 2019. Find the contest

Future Africa — Africa Science Leadership Programme 2020

The Africa Science Leadership Programme seeks to identify and select leading African researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, among others. (Note: This may include one or more relevant categories of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.) Participants will receive training in the areas of thought leadership, team management and research development. All applicants should commit to be present for the full workshop from 20-25 March 2020. The costs incurred during the workshop (training, travel, meals, and accommodation) will be covered by the program. Applications must be received by 20 December 2019. More application information

University of Queensland in Australia — Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships 2020

The University of Queensland in Australia invites applications for its Science International Scholarships. Study subject areas include Agriculture and Environment, among others. The scholarship amount is AUD3 thousand. Any international students, other than Australian citizens and permanent residents, are eligible to apply. The 2020 application deadlines are 15 January for a Semester 1 (February) commencement and 30 June for a Semester 2 (July) commencement. Link

Global LEAP Awards — Solar Water Pump Competition

The Global LEAP Solar Water Pump Competition will recognize energy efficient and affordable solar water pumps intended for smallholder farmers or individual household use that are appropriate for use with off-grid energy systems. No financial incentives are available for this round. However, winners and finalists will be featured in the 2019 Global LEAP Solar Water Pump Buyer’s Guide and be considered for investment by the Efficiency for Access Coalition Investor Network. The competition is open to companies in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 18 January 2020. Link to the Solar Water Pump Competition

Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity — Climate Change Challenge

The Global Makers Challenge invites innovative start-ups, entrepreneurs and businesses to submit solutions to solve real-world problems. The current Climate Change challenge seeks solutions that will empower communities, especially those in developing countries, to eliminate waste and use existing resources through low-carbon, circular approaches. Applications are invited from innovators around the world without any geographical limitations. The winner receives prizes, including cash and mentorship. The deadline is 31 January 2020. Find the Challenges