Eligibility criteria

PFAN accepts applications for projects in low- and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Central America and Caribbean Islands (see below for a full list of eligible countries).

To be eligible for PFAN support, your project or business must provide climate change adaptation benefits, or offer or use clean energy technologies, products or services, including, but not limited to, the activity areas below. PFAN is technology neutral, which means we do not prefer any technology over any other.

Proposals should demonstrate that the project is commercially and technically viable, and requires no or only minimal grant funding. If your project currently receives grant funding or has done so in the past, that does not affect eligibility.

For more information about the selection and scoring criteria used by PFAN, click here.

Eligible countries

-Sub-Saharan Africa:

Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cabo Verde; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo; Cote d’Ivoire; Democratic Republic of Congo; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Saint Helena; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

The Caribbean:

Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Haiti; Jamaica; Montserrat; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago.

Central America:

Belize; Colombia; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama.

South and Southeast Asia:

Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; India; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Maldives; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Vietnam.

Central Asia and Eastern Europe:

Afghanistan; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Georgia; Iran; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Mongolia; Republic of Moldova; Tajikistan; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Uzbekistan.


Cook Islands; Fiji; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; Niue; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu ; Vanuatu; Wallis and Futuna.

Is your country not on the list? PFAN is currently working to expand its network to other countries; please check back with us regularly for updates or contact us for more information.

Eligible sectors and technologies

BiomassTidal / OceanEnergy Storage & ConservationAgriculture and agribusiness
BiogasEnergy Products from ForestryEnergy Efficiency and Demand ReductionProductive use of Clean Energy
Bio-fuelsRural Electrification & Energy AccessWaste to EnergyWater & Sanitation
SolarEcosystem ServicesEmissions ReductionTourism
WindUrban & Peri-Urban DevelopmentClean TransportForestry
HydropowerDistributed & Off-grid GenerationClimate Change Adaptation
Investment amount (ASK)

For ALL projects, the investment ask should lie between US$1 million and US$50 million. This may be disbursed in smaller tranches as requested.

ONLY for energy access and rural electrification projects (clean cook stoves, solar home systems, mini grids) an exception is made, and the investment ask can lie between US$500 thousand and US$50 million. This too may be disbursed in smaller tranches as requested.

Examples of eligible projects
  • Projects and businesses which deploy clean and renewable energy and/or climate change technologies for productive uses;
  • Greenfield and brownfield utility projects, independent power producer and distributed generation projects (for both thermal and electrical energy);
  • Existing projects which are operating at small or pilot scale and which are ready for scale-up;
  • Projects which increase access to energy for remote communities, including rural electrification, off-grid and mini-grid projects, thermal energy and clean cooking solutions;
  • New or expanding business ventures in clean energy and related technologies, including downstream projects (focused on deployment of existing technologies) and upstream projects (focused on development and commercialisation of a new clean technology);
  • Mergers, acquisitions or joint ventures, which will add value to an existing clean energy / technology business.