Our partners:

Funding opportunities: July 2016

Acumen Fund -- Regional Fellows in East Africa, India, and Pakistan

The Fund administers regional programs for each of East Africa, India, and Pakistan. In each region, 20 fellows are selected for a leadership development program of five one-week seminars while remaining in their jobs. Past fellows have included several in smallholder agriculture, renewable energy, waste management, fair trade, and other subject areas. 

The deadline to apply for each of these regional programs is 01 August 2016.



PACEsetter FUND 

Early stage grant funding to accelerate the commercialization of innovative off-grid clean energy products, system and business models.

This Call for Expressions of Interest launches the second funding round of the PACEsetter Fund. Up to $2 million will be made available for this round, with grant sizes ranging from $50,000 to $300,000.

To be eligible, projects must be focused on improving the viability of off grid renewable energy businesses and/or not-for-profit organizations  that provide energy services to individuals and communities in India without access to grid connected power or with limited or intermittent access of less than 8 hours per day using small scale (under 1 megawatt) clean energy systems.

Deadline for expression of interest: August 2016



U.S. Agency for International Development -- Development Innovation Ventures

USAID sponsors Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) to identify, develop, test, and scale innovative approaches in development. The DIV model is designed to find breakthrough solutions, minimize risk and maximize impact through stage financing, rigorously test impacts and cost effectiveness, and scale proven solutions through the public or private sectors. Through this model, DIV seeks to advance innovations that work while avoiding long term investments in those that don’t.