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First Call for Proposals for Modern Cooking Facility for Africa

First Call for Proposals for Modern Cooking Facility for Africa


Deadline: 21-Jun-22

The Modern Cooking Facility for Africa (MCFA) has launched its first call for proposals to incentivise cooking service providers to target their sales of modern, high-technology cooking solutions to residential customers living in urban and peri-urban areas in the project countries

Aims
The primary aim of the first funding round is to incentivise Cooking Service Providers to target their sales of modern, high-technology cooking solutions to residential customers living in urban and peri-urban areas in the project countries.”
MCFA aims to bridge a critical gap between early-stage support, traditionally offered by challenge funds and (impact) equity, and concessional/commercial debt needed to transition to modern, clean cooking at scale in SSA. MCFA places a strong emphasis on the provision of sustainable clean cooking services that integrate the CCT and sustainable fuels.
MCFA1 aims to incentivise CSPs to establish or scale up existing innovative sustainable local businesses in the targeted Project Countries and thereby create a local market and accelerate access to modern, higher-tier clean cooking technologies (CCT) for urban and peri-urban consumers in these African countries
Funding Information
Financing can be disbursed flexibly, including up to 30% up front as a non-reimbursable catalytic grant component and the rest as results-based finance. Up-front payments can be made for Cooking Service Providers to:

Establish their business in a new market
Roll out and scale themselves as a company already active in one of the project countries
Launch a new Tier 4-5 or Tier 3+ product
Implement a PAYGO business model
Disbursements of results-based financing are made in return for Cooking Service Providers implementing their proposed project and selling and sustaining the offered number of Clean Cooking Services to end-customers. Results-based finance payments will be made in arrears and against Cooking Service Providers’ proven sales and the establishment of an agreed minimum number of Clean Cooking Services defined as milestones in a possible contract.

Eligible project types and technologies
The first Modern Cooking Facility for Africa funding round (MCFA1) can support Cooking Service Providers’ sales of electric, solar thermal, biogas and bioethanol stoves that meet Tier 4-5 performance standards and briquette and/or pellet stoves that meet Tier 3 and above performance standards. An Applicant is required to indicate relevant supply of fuels that meets the MCFA1 requirements for eligible supply of clean cooking services.

The primary aim of the first funding round is to incentivise Cooking Service Providers to target their sales of modern, high-technology cooking solutions to residential customers living in urban and peri-urban areas in the project countries

Eligibility Criteria
The Modern Cooking Facility for Africa programme is targeted at incentivising privately owned cooking service companies to accelerate access to modern, higher tier cooking solutions. Individual Cooking Service Providers (companies) and Project Consortiums can apply for funding.
Applicants should be legally incorporated and included in the register of for-profit companies in a MCFA project country or commit to being incorporated and registered as such before signing a possible contract. Applicants should further be in compliance with all tax, regulatory and legal frameworks in both their home country and the project country (if different).
Applicants are allowed to include non-profit entities, public institutions, community-based organisations or other non-commercial entities to take part in the project implementation as Project Partners or Consortium Members.
The first funding round will support projects in six Sub-Saharan African countries; the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
For more information, visit https://www.nefco.int/call-for-proposals-for-modern-cooking-facility-for-africa/

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