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 low-income and lower-middle-income 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. The NCF will finance projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Tackle climate change and and contribute to the fulfillment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Test the viability of business concepts (financial, technical, social, and environmental)
  • Projects should be implemented through partnerships between Nordic and local partners in an eligible NCF country.

The NCF provides support through the following means:

  • Risk-sharing for testing innovative climate solutions
  • EUR 250,000 - 500,000 in grant financing for early-stage projects to facilitate the testing of innovative and climate-relevant business concepts. The average size of an NCF project has been around EUR 700,000, with an average of almost EUR 300,000 in co-financing from project partners and other financiers.
  • Annual calls for proposals with a streamlined, two-phased application process
Support provider 
Nordic Development Fund
Purpose of support 
Scoping and project preparation
Project and program implementation
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Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Disaster risk reduction, Nature-based Solutions and Ecosystem Services, Education, Energy efficiency, Forestry and Land-Use, Gender, Health, Industry and Infrastructure, Jobs, Oceans and Coasts, Poverty, Renewable Energy, Rural Development, Transport, Cities, Waste Management, Water
Type of support provider 
Type of recipient 
Non-profit or civil society organization, Private sector
Fund size 

The total value of the NCF portfolio is EUR 35.9 million.

Co-financing required 
Application timeframe 

The deadline for this year's call has passed (9 September 2019). New information about upcoming calls on this website will be published regularly online.

Trustee or administrator 
Nordic Development Fund
Contact information
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