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!

    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 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.


    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.

    Application Criteria


    The project needs to have substantial impact on climate adaptation or mitigation, and must benefit local communities and vulnerable groups.


    The project needs to scale quickly and ideally already has a proven track record.


    The project needs to fit with the need of local communities and ecosystems, and ideally create synergies with other projects and industries.


    The project needs to demonstrate how it will be able to generate a positive return on investment.

    Who Can Apply?

    Any type of organization can apply.
    However, organizations should in principle have a total value of assets of at least 10 million USD, or an annual turnover of at least 15 million USD.

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    Challenge Timeline



    Launch of the Challenge at the Global Adaptation Summit

    May – June

    Live sessions to understand climate challenges in selected landscapes

    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 of the three finalists.


    Preparation of the three finalists for COP 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 grant funding 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.