USD 34 million
The Seed Capital Assistance Facility (SCAF) is a multi-donor trust fund managed by UNEP and backed by the German Federal Environment Ministry together with the British Department for International Development (DFID). It makes finance available during the development phase of projects being carried out in developing countries and emerging economies that are aimed at promoting the use of climate-friendly technologies (e.g. renewable energies, energy efficiency). The objective of these activities is to stimulate private investment. The assistance available ranges from financial support with feasibility studies and business plans in the pre-investment phase to co-financing of authorization procedures and technical and legal due diligence checks in the late phase of project development. This approach enables the financial barriers typically associated with the project development phase to be overcome. Currently, the geographical focus is on Asia and Africa.
SCAF’s vision is to increase the availability of investment for early-stage development of low-carbon projects in developing countries, contributing to low-carbon sustainable development, economic growth, poverty reduction and climate change mitigation. SCAF addresses this financing gap by providing financial support on a cost-sharing and co-financing basis to low-carbon projects via private equity (PE) funds, venture capital (VC) funds and project development companies (DevCos). After a successful initial Phase I, Phase II started in 2014 and will run until 2026, supported by contributions from the UK Department for International Development and the German BMU.
UK Aid and the German BMU
SL0 is limited to USD 500,000. SL1&2 are limited to a maximum of USD 2,500,000 (with a 30%/70% split).
Reporting on overall partner progress, compliance with SCAF's goals and targets and proof of usage of SCAF funds for eligible activities on a quarterly basis.
SCAF is managed in a joint effort between UNEP and Frankfurt School.
Target region: Southeast Asia and/or Sub-Saharan Africa (Least Developed Countries, Other Low-Income Countries and Lower-Middle Income Countries and Territories as per The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients which can be accessed here) (no single country strategy)
Sectors supported: Renewable Energy Generation, Energy and Resource Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Energy/Resource Efficiency Supply Chains.
- More than 70% of investments in eligible countries and sectors
- Novel strategy, business model or geography
- Potential for replication and scalability in order to be commercially viable
- Sufficient ESG-safeguards in place (company ESMS, ESIA according to IFC standards on project level, etc.)
- SCAF funding must be matched 50% by the recipient
The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients