Grants are an integral part of the development process across the continent. They allow organizations to research and explore the potential for projects that improve communities and the lives of the people within them. Through our strong public–private partnerships, we’ve been able to participate in a number of important grant opportunities that have helped us bring our ideas to life.

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Tanzania Rural Energy Agency (TEDAP):  Matching Grant

grants-rea This grant, funded by the World Bank, helped fund the preliminary feasibility study for our hybrid (biomass/solar PV) grid and off-grid installations, in the Kilosa District of Tanzania. It also helped fund the early stage assessment of two small 5 MW run-of-river hydropower projects on the Lower Lukosi River. Total proceeds of this grant were US $94,928.

US Trade Development Agency (USTDA):  Power Africa Grant

grants-ustda This grant helped fund the preliminary feasibility study for three small run-of-river hydropower projects; 10 megawatts each, on the Upper Lukosi River in Tanzania. Our engineering partner Ritoch-Powell & Associates undertook and completed the feasibility study, in early March of 2016. Total proceeds of this grant were US $600,000.

Energy & Environment Partnership (EEP) for Southern and Eastern Africa:  Mini-Grid Development Grant

grants-eep This grant, funded by the governments of Finland, Austria and the United Kingdom, helped fund the construction of the distribution network for our first isolated mini-grid project, in the Kilosa District of Tanzania. When completed in May 2017, the mini-grid will supply renewable, green energy to 1,630 residential and small business customers! Total proceeds of this grant were US €630,000.

Transaction Advisory Services Facility (TASF):  Technical and Business Support

grants-tasf The TASF program forms part of the Tanzania mini-grids program that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is implementing in partnership with SREP, and in collaboration with the Tanzanian Rural Energy Agency (REA). Their purpose is to support mini-grid project developers by providing advisory services to strengthen mini-grid operating models, increase their commercial viability and, ultimately bankability. Energy 4 Impact is mandated with implementing the TASF program with other partners in the consortium, including: Norton Rose Fulbright, Multiconsult, the REA and Bureau of Industrial Cooperation (BICO). Ruaha Energy is receiving support under the program which provides advisory services using a cost-share model.