Nordic Climate Facility

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF), financed and managed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), is a challenge fund that finances early stage climate change projects in developing countries. NCF aims to build a portfolio of innovative business concepts which have been tested, proved viable, and are ready to be scaled-up and replicated.

Support provider 
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden
Purpose of support 
Scoping and project preparation
Project and program implementation
Steps to access  

The application process consists of two stages; stage 1 involves submitting a concept note and stage 2, which is only for selected applicants, involves a full proposal.

To fill out the concept note, applicants must register to the SmartME online application system, find the concept note application template, prepare a concept note, and submit it. After submission, eligible applications are scored by the evaluation committee and the highest scoring concept notes are given comments and are selected to submit a full proposal.

The full proposal template can be accessed on the SmartME online application system. Once submitted, all eligible full proposals are scored by the evaluation committee and the highest scoring full proposals are selected for due diligence interviews. Once project specific comments are shared, contract negotiations with shortlisted applicants can begin.

Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Ecosystem adaptation, Education, Energy efficiency, Forestry and Land-Use, Industry and Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Rural, Transportation, Urban, Waste management, Oceans and Coastal Resources, Disaster risk reduction, Health, Gender, Jobs and Livelihoods, Poverty, Water
Type of support provider 
Type of recipient 
Private sector, Non-profit or civil society organization, International organization
Fund size 

EUR 57 million

Co-financing required 
Application timeframe 

The next application period is between 5 June and 5 September 2019. The theme for this year's call for proposals is Testing the viability of innovative climate solutions. The application guidelines are available here.

Trustee or administrator 
Nordic Development Fund
Contact information
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