Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD): Inviting applications for ‘Enterprise Development for Jobs (2018)’ to contribute to job creation by stimulating to more, sustainable commercial investments.

Funding brief: The overriding goal of Norwegian development assistance is poverty reduction. Promoting private sector development and job creation is vital for achieving this.

In June 2015 the Norwegian Government launched the White Paper “Working together” which describes how Norway will intensify its efforts to create an enabling environment for private sector development in developing countries, with a focus on public–private partnerships.

The purpose of the grant scheme “Enterprise Development for Jobs”, is to support private sector development in developing countries. Main objective is to contribute to job creation by stimulating to more, sustainable commercial investments. In addition, it aims to stimulate renewable energy projects that increase access to renewable energy and thereby contribute to job creation and poverty reduction.

Grants may be provided in connection with project development that leads to job creation and investments. The grant scheme may fund activities related to the preparatory phase of an investment.

The scope of the call is for such projects within the following set of countries and sectors:

Sectors: All sectors can apply. However, projects in the following sectors will be given priority:
● Energy, defined as 1) renewable energy and 2) local suppliers of goods and services related to the oil and gas sector
● Agriculture, including agro-processing
● Fish and marine resources
● Maritime sector
● Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Donor Name: Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Funding name: Enterprise Development for Jobs (2018)

Deadline: 05th, September, 2018 at 13:00

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: This call is for projects (activities) that can start implementation during 2018 or the first half of 2019. The minimum grant size is NOK 500.000.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

● Potential grant recipients are Norwegian and foreign private sector companies with ability to create new private sector jobs, or companies (producers) that can demonstrate ability to increase access to renewable energy in developing countries.
● The applicant must be a legal entity. The applicant must provide information about its legal status in the application, and describe its owner and all its partners.
● The applicant must be a company for which adequate due diligence processes can be carried out within a reasonable time and cost.
● The applicant must be an established company with demonstrated results and expertise in the sector and must document the necessary implementation capacity for the main project/investment and sustainable business expansion.
● The applicant must document access to the necessary and sufficient financial resources to implement and follow up the investment. Applicants without audited accounts for the last three years must otherwise demonstrate access to the required financial resources. As a general rule, the applicant must have an annual turnover of at least NOK 10 million.
● Grant recipients must have ethical guidelines for their business operations. These shall as a minimum meet the requirements of “Guidelines for the preparation of ethical guidelines for Norad grant recipients”.
● The applicant shall confirm that it has undertaken adequate security assessments for the employees that will work in high-risk areas, hereunder any mitigating measures related to training, guidance material, insurance and equipment.
● Projects supported under this scheme must comply with the EEA Agreement rules on state aid.

● The applicant must cover at least 50% of the costs for the applied project with own funds. The contribution shall be identifiable in the project accounts.

● The applicant must be able to own a minimum of 25% of the planned investment (in cases where joint ventures are considered).
● The grant scheme may only fund activities related to the preparatory phase of an investment:
● The budget should only include early-phase activities/costs that are prior to an investment decision and should not include any parts of the actual main project.
● Eligible activities include but are not limited to pre-feasibility studies, partner search, trial production, training of local staff, strengthening of local suppliers in the value chain, and local infrastructure investments related to the company’s investment in production capacity.

The following are NOT eligible for funding:
● The scheme does not provide investment support or loans but does provide grants to activities that contribute to early-phase project development and activities that limit commercial risk before investment decision.
● Grants will not be given to private sector activities that produce weaponry or other military material, intoxicants such as alcoholic drinks and narcotics, or tobacco.
● Grants are not given for marketing, sales, research and development, purchase of equipment and machinery, for the company’s normal operation.
● Applicants may submit a project outline for a long-term project, in which an initial estimate is made of the grant support needed for the various project stages. Funding for different stages may be triggered based on pre-defined milestones achieved.

● Maximum funding rates for salaries to employees and consulting are respectively NOK 550 and NOK 1,000 per hour. Travel between home country and project country is approved for economy class only. Travel within the country of origin or a third country must be justified.

Eligible Country: Funding will be prioritized to projects in the eight focus countries for Private Sector Development, as defined in White paper nr 17 (2017-2018): Ethiopia, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Tanzania

Projects in other developing countries eligible for Norwegian development assistance will also be considered. Among these, projects in low-income countries will be given priority. See list of eligible countries (in Norwegian).

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Form (Proposal): Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
● All applicants need to register their organization in the grant application portal.

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