The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Inviting Applications to scale effective business models for empowerment through women’s energy entrepreneurship.

Donor Name: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Fund name: Empowerment Fund IV

Funding brief: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is now accepting applications for the fourth annual Women’s Empowerment Fund (WEF), a financing mechanism designed to scale effective business models for empowerment through women’s energy entrepreneurship. The objective of the WEF is to make the business case for gender-informed approaches by demonstrating that there is a positive impact on business performance and social impact outcomes. This includes collecting and analyzing social impact data to better understand how access to clean and efficient household energy contributes to reductions in women’s unpaid work burden.

Deadline: Applications are due by April 2, 2017 (11:59pm Eastern Time).

Funding details link: http://cleancookstoves.org/funding-opportunities/184.html

Budget limit: The WEF will award up to four grants in the suggested range of US$75,000-$150,000 to qualifying organizations.

Project start date: July 1, 2017

Project duration: The selected WEF projects will have a 12-month timeframe (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018) to meet concrete objectives and performance milestones.

Eligible organization: The Alliance encourages new partners to apply, particularly organizations that aim to incorporate clean cooking solutions into ongoing development initiatives.

Eligibility:
Alliance Partnership: The applicant organization must be a registered partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cook stoves. Applicants who are not currently a Partner must be registered prior to submitting their application. Please follow the instructions on how to do so here: http://cleancookstoves.org/partners/register.html .
Organizational Type/Legal Structure: Organizations can include but are not limited to for-profit companies, social enterprises, foundations, non-profits, universities, research institutes, faith-based institutions.
Focus Countries: All qualified individuals and organizations, regardless of location, are encouraged to apply. The Alliance will give preference for partners operating in Alliance focus countries, but organizations operating in other countries are also encouraged to apply. The Alliance will select the most qualified applications regardless of location; the preference for Alliance focus countries is only weighted if the Alliance needs to make a final selection between applications of comparable quality.
Impact: The applicant must be focused on driving highly scalable gender and empowerment impacts in alignment with the Alliance’s mission to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment. Applicants are required to align impact indicators and measurement methodologies with the Alliance’s Social Impact Measurement System and must include indicators related to fuel procurement time use and cooking time use. The full list of indicators can be downloaded here.
Applicants are required to bundle two or more household energy products. The proposed intervention must be within the clean and/or efficient cooking value chain, and applications may also bundle additional non-cooking energy products.
Strong preference will be given to applicants that have not previously received funding under the Women’s Empowerment Fund.
Preference will be given to organizations that are woman-owned, woman-led and/or -managed.
Preference will be given to applications that include technologies/fuels that have testing available that follow protocols that have been mapped to IWA tier ratings for laboratory testing, using the requirements specified in the IWA. Information for specific testing methodologies and protocols are available on the Alliance webpage. Applicants are required to submit any available testing results with the application.
Preference will be given to applications that leverage funding from other sources.

Project Criteria:
Type of Project: The proposed intervention must be focused on gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment, and strive to increase opportunities for women entrepreneurs, employees, sales agents, producers, etc. Strong preference will be given to projects that propose multiple interventions to support women energy entrepreneurs in order to scale and strengthen gender-informed business models. This may include continuous and follow-up training, mentorship, coaching, peer-to-peer networks, access to finance, engaging men, etc. Refer to the Resource Guide for additional examples and tools/resources.
Commercial Viability and Scalability: The applicant must demonstrate commitment towards proposing sustainable solutions. In addition, the proposed intervention must demonstrate a clear potential to scale and be replicated across markets in the long term.
Requirements for Testing: Stove and fuel testing data, where available, should be submitted with the application. For applicants, the following guidelines for testing will apply:
For WEF applications that are focused on fuels/technologies that already exist in the market, it is required that third party testing has been done and reported publicly. If testing has not been done, then part of the proposed work should include a testing component.
Strong preference will be given to applications that include technologies/fuels that have testing data available that follow protocols that have been mapped to IWA tier ratings for laboratory testing, using the requirements specified in the IWA. Information for specific testing methodologies and protocols are available on the Alliance web page.
While there is not a minimum level of performance for technologies/fuels used, applications that include higher performing technologies/fuels based on the IWA framework are preferable to those that include lower performing technologies/fuels.
Cook stoves and fuels should be submitted for inclusion in the Clean Cooking Catalog. Associated testing data, if available, should also be submitted to the Clean Cooking Catalog by the April 2 deadline: http://catalog.cleancookstoves.org/.

Submission mail: gender@cleancookstoves.org

Other important link:
Register: http://cleancookstoves.org/partners/register.html
Guideline: http://cleancookstoves.org/binary-data/DOCUMENT/file/000/000/492-1.docx

How to apply:
Applicants are required to submit a five-page Executive Summary that provides an overview of their business model and the proposed intervention, in addition to a timeline of project milestones, performance indicators, and a detailed budget outlining key cost categories, line item costs, and cost share/leverage.
To be considered for this opportunity, all applicants must submit an application following the instructions and requirements in the attached Call for Applications. Finalists may be asked to submit responses to questions and financial statements.
Applicants must be a registered partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves prior to the application deadlines, and those who are not currently a partner can easily register from the website (http://cleancookstoves.org/partners/register.html ).
Applications and clarification questions should be submitted within the deadline by email to gender@cleancookstoves.org. Please send applications with the subject line: “WEF – Organization Name”. Please submit all applications in Word or PDF with titles formatted as: “Organization Name-WEF”

The executive summary must be no longer than 5 pages using a minimum 10.5 point font size. Executive Summaries that do not follow these instructions will not be considered.
Elevator Pitch: a one-page, succinct pitch of your project. This pitch should be compelling and used to convince the review committee to select your project. (Template provided in Annex 1).
Executive Summary of the applicant organization and on the proposed intervention(no more than 5 pages; a template is provided in Annex 2).
Detailed project budget (suggested range of US$75,000-$150,000), must include a detailed, line-item breakdown of expenses using cost categories (such as: personnel, travel, professional fees, materials, equipment, etc.) and include any estimated cost share or leverage from other funding sources. Applications that demonstrate a reasonable use of funds to directly support women’s empowerment activities will be considered competitive. (Not included in page limit; an optional template is provided in Annex 3)
Proposed Timeline of project milestones/activities: The expected project timeline is approximately 12 months, from July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018. (Not included in page limit; an optional template is provided in Annex 4)
Monitoring & Evaluation Plan that summarizes your project theory of change, goal(s), and objectives. The M&E Plan also includes project activities, outputs, and outcome indicators. (Not to exceed 2 pages; a template is provided in Annex 5)

Applicants are asked to only submit the documents indicated in the list above and to closely follow the provided guidelines, including length restrictions. Only one application per lead organization may be submitted.

 

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