• Who can access FONERWA?

  • line ministries, Government agencies, Districts,

  • Civil Society Organisations

  • including academic institutions

  • and the private sector.

Who can access the fund

Any legal entity in Rwanda (line ministries, private sector, civil society entities) is eli­gi­ble for funding, pro­vided that the given project pro­posal deals with top­ics rel­e­vant to the investment avenue and pro­motes green initiatives in Rwanda.

Preferences are given to legal entities from non-government and civil society organisations (NGOs/CSOs), local gov­ern­ment, central governments, pub­lic colleges and uni­ver­si­ties, research and sci­en­tific bod­ies, as well as the private sector.

How to Apply  

 PPD Online Course

  • The fund's Project Profile Document (PPD) course is designed to support applicants with information on the first phase of submitting a proposal to the fund. 
 Project Profile Document development materials
    • The objective of the materials is to provide guidance on PPD development. The materials include Project Profile Document (PPD) Template, PPD worked example, and Fund Monitoring and Evaluation Results Matrix. Any PPD must align with the Fund’s results matrix. The offline PPD template is intended to help applicants to develop their project concept.
  • PPD forms are sub­mit­ted on-line through FONERWA website during the public call for proposal. The fund does not receive hard-copy versions of Project Document Profiles and soft copies submitted through e-mail. 
  • First-time applicants are required to create account through this website here.
  • Existing applicants use their login information for submission.

When to Apply

The fund carries out a formalised process of public call for proposals every every six months. A sufficient window of opportunity lasting for one to two months is open during which interested applicants submit their project concepts, known as Project Profile Documents (PPDs) through this website. 

The ninth call for proposal is currently open for initiatives that mainstream the environment, climate change and green growth into Rwanda's economic development. Click on the link below to begin your application.

Application process

Line Ministries/private sector/civil society should complete Project Profile Documents (PPDs) for proposals to be considered by the FONERWA Secretariat, in conformity with FONERWA Thematic Financing Windows/ key entry points.
 Project Profile Document development materials

PPDs will be screened by the Fund Management Team against eligibility criteria.

PPD Eligibility Criteria

  • Results based, aligns with thematic windows/entry points and FONERWA M&E framework
  • Benefits sustained beyond lifetime of project activities
  • Demonstrates value for money
  • Involves ongoing stakeholder consultation
  • Promotes strategic national/international environment/climate objectives
  • Conforms with existing legislation and anti-corruption provisions

Screened PPDs are then categorized as green, High Amber, Amber and Red based on their quality in meeting the eligibility criteria.

PPDs that are considered high quality proposals (green) are subjected to quality assurance, a process that determines which green PPDs proceed to the next step of developing full project proposals.

If successful, applicants will be asked to submit a full project document, and technical assistance (TA) and support from the Fund Management Team to elaborate or improve the proposal will be provided as needed.

Full proposals will undergo a technical appraisal by the Fund Management Team. The team will assess each PD according to four overall technical appraisal criteria, each with detailed sub-criteria, and assign a priority ranking for submission to the FONERWA Technical Committee.

Technical Appraisal Criteria

  • Desirability
  • Viability
  • Feasibility
  • Capacity to leverage additional resources
Following proposal review at the Technical Appraisal step, the FONERWA Fund Technical Committee will review the appraised proposals aand ensure that those recommended for funding to the Fund Managing Committee (FMC) are high quality and strategic in terms of how proposals are aligned with national priorities. Suggested project rankings will be further discussed at this stage before their submission to the FONERWA Fund Managing Committee for funding decisions.
The FONERWA Fung Managing Committee will be solely responsible for approval of final funding decisions. This will be based on recommendations at the various review levels of the Project Profile Document (PPD) & Project Document (PD).

Project Funding

Funding windows

-          Conservation & management of natural resources strengthened and sustained.

-          R&D and technology transfer and implementation facilitated and utilised.

-          Environment and climate change issues mainstreamed into policies, programmes, plans, budgets and activities for public and non-public agencies.

Types of Funding

The Green Fund’s role is that of a catalyst in the transition towards a green economy, as such it seeks to unlock barriers and bridge gaps. is the vehicle in Rwanda through which environment and climate change finance is channelled, programmed, disbursed and monitored. As a national Basket Fund, FONERWA is an instrument to facilitate direct access to international environment and climate finance, as well as to streamline and rationalise external aid and domestic finance.

Financial support may take the form of:

  • Grants
  • Innovation grant
  • Loans access

Guideline for first time applicant.

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