Climate Solutions

    The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) is looking for scalable climate solutions in Uganda, Kenya and Bangladesh.

    Win development capital and the opportunity to pitch your solution at the COP26 in Glasgow!

    DFCD Going Live!

    The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) is organising an extra push for proposals by launching the ‘Scalable Climate Solutions Challenge’ in Uganda, Kenya and Bangladesh.

    For each country, we are organizing an interactive event to discuss the local climate challenges and how the DFCD could support potentially bankable climate projects in scaling successfully, and generating social and environmental development.

    Solutions’ landscapes

    The effects of rising sea levels, flooding, droughts and unpredictable weather patterns are all major threats to fragile ecosystems and societies that depend upon these ecosystems services. A business proposal for the challenge should strengthen the resilience of the landscapes in our three focus countries.


    The Greater Virunga Landscape is situated in the south-west of Uganda bordering on the
    Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. This landscape has the highest biodiversity of Uganda and comprises ancient tropical forests, ice-capped mountains, active volcanoes, savannah, swamps and wetlands.


    The landscape in Bangladesh is a riverine floodplain with three major rivers; the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna. The coastal zone of Bangladesh is home to significant
    aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.


    The South of Kenya North of Tanzania, also known as the SOKNOT landscape, is home to
    three major ecosystems: the Mau-Mara-Serengeti, Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro and
    Tsavo-Mkomazi. All are connected by important wildlife migratory corridors.

    Application Criteria

    Eligible Country

    Project is located in Uganda, Kenya or Bangladesh. This could be in or outside the landscapes.

    Commercial Viability

    Project is potentially commercially viable & financially sustainable.

    Rio Marker 2

    Principal objective of the project is to improve climate adaptation or mitigation (according to the OECD Rio Marker 2 methodology).

    National Ownership

    Aligned with national development plans and priorities of the host country, and the project is aligned.

    Vulnerable Groups

    Includes objectives or activities aimed at vulnerable groups (poor, disabled, children, other) and/or generating positive impact for women.

    No Excluded Activities

    No Activities such as Deforestation, Fossil Fuels, or Nuclear Energy. There is a full list that can be requested.

    Size of the Organisation

    Lead organisation receiving funding should be a private sector entity and have total value of assets or annual turnover of at least 6 million Euros.

    Long term need for finance

    Project has the potential to scale up with a long term finance need of at least 6 million Euros.


    Project should be able to co-invest, cash/in kind via own or external resources, at least 25% development grants sought from DFCD, which is up to 350.000 Euros for this challenge.

    Financial Additionality

    Should have the ambition for seeking long-term financial support from DFCD and other sources of finance are currently sparse

    Challenge Timeline



    Launch of the Challenge at the Global Adaptation Summit

    April – May

    Live sessions to understand climate challenges in selected landscapes

    June 30

    Deadline for application to the Scalable Climate Solutions challenge.

    July – September

    Cooperation between DFCD and its partners with organizations delivering promising proposals. This includes virtual sessions and sessions in-person in the relevant countries.


    Selection by committee of experts of the three most eligible proposals.


    Preparation of the best proposals for COP26 together with DFCD and its partners.


    Three finalists present their cases at COP26 in Glasgow and the ultimate winner chosen.

    Win development capital and technical assistance

    Over 1 million euros in development contribution will be available to support the three most viable climate solutions. The overall winner of the challenge will get the opportunity to present at COP26 this year in Glasgow, Scotland.

    All selected businesses and projects will receive support from WWF and SNV (the DFCD’s Origination Partners), which will help them become (more) eligible for DFCD follow-on debt or equity finance.

    How to Apply?

    If you have any questions, please e-mail

    Click on the button below and fill in the application form. We will review your application and get back to you. Deadline for application is June 30, please reach out if you need any support.