Funding from Rwanda’s Green Fund (FONERWA) available for Climate Mainstreaming Initiatives

Rwanda’s Green Fund (FONERWA) is calling for ministries, government agencies, districts, private sector companies, academic institutions and civil society organisations to submit funding proposals for initiatives that promote the mainstreaming of environmental protection, climate change and green growth into Rwanda’s economy.

The call for funding proposals is part of Rwanda’s commitment to ensuring the environment and climate change is at the heart of national development. Rwanda’s Green Fund invests in environment and climate change projects and programmes by financing the best public and private projects that drive transformational change and boost climate resilience.

In this ninth call for proposals, the fund is targeting projects and programmes developed primarily in line with sectors of Rwanda’s economy, including agriculture, energy, transport, environment, urban and rural settlement and water and sanitation.

The fund is calling for applications that propose green and climate resilient initiatives that will improve the performance and sustainability of a given sector. In this regard, they should significantly draw from the Programmes of Action outlined in Rwanda’s Green Growth Climate Resilience Strategy. Among the criteria for consideration, the key success factor in this call for proposals will be the involvement of multiple stakeholders in developing a project or programme including public, private, non-governmental organisations and academic and research institutions. The collaborative effort must specify the role of each partner and must adhere to the core principles of national planning by Sector Working Groups.

Speaking about the call for applications, Coordinator of the Green Fund, Alex Mulisa, said that Rwanda can only build climate change resilience and develop sustainably if everyone is on board and working together.

“Climate mainstreaming is about ensuring the environment and climate change are at the core of our development plans, policies and strategies. We want to invest in initiatives that bring all stakeholders to the table to incorporate sustainability and green growth into a sector’s development. By bringing everyone on board, we know the return on investment for Rwanda’s socio-economic development and natural environment will be immense,” he said.

Over the last three years, Rwanda’s Green Fund has mobilised US $100 million for climate resilience initiatives. To date, the fund has approved 33 investments that help Rwanda reduce its carbon footprint and adapt to a warmer planet. These projects are also developing communities and supporting Rwandans as they work to improve their livelihoods.

The call for funding proposals is open from 15 August 2016 until 5pm (Rwanda local time) on 14 October 2016. Interested cross-sectoral and multi-organisational bodies should submit their applications here

More information about this call for proposals is available here.