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SDG Results: Access to renewable energy - SDG 7

Is your organisation a business, NGO or financial institution and would you like to contribute to access to sustainable energy for those who live in developing countries? Your project could be eligible for support from the SDG Results: Access to renewable energy (SDG 7 Results) facility scheme. Payments for this opportunity will be made retrospectively and based on the number of people who have gained access to renewable energy technologies and/or services.

This facility is temporarily closed. You cannot apply at this moment.

Sustainable development goals

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with executer Netherlands Enterprise Agency, uses the SDG 7 Results facility as a contribution to sustainable development goals achievements in developing countries. In particular SDG 7.

SDG 7: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

In order to achieve the climate goals, the world needs to accelerate its transition to renewable energy. This means energy access for everyone who does not have a modern energy supply, while doubling the speed of energy savings, throughout the world by 2030.
A billion people worldwide have no access to modern means of electricity. About 3 billion people still use heavily polluted firewood and charcoal for cooking. Therefore, the government of the Netherlands aims to give 50 million people access to sustainable energy by 2030.
Additionally, the use of fossil fuels and non-sustainable biomass contributes significantly to climate change. Sustainable access to renewable energy services will support developing countries in their path to climate-friendly growth.

SDG 7 Results result areas

SDG 7 Results' objective is to give 2 million people in developing countries access to renewable energy. Projects should contribute to the following result areas:
  1. access to electricity in homes
  2. access to clean cooking in homes
The facility also contributes to the following additional goals:
  • low-carbon climate resilient development
  • less gender inequality, in particular with regards to women and girls
  • private sector development and employment
  • mobilisation of private investments in the decentralised renewable energy sector.

Focus of SDG 7 Results

SDG 7 Results is based on the following key principles:
  1. Payment will be made pending the achievement of the results that are specified in advance. In this case: individuals with access to renewable energy services according to agreed specifications.
  2. The results will be independently verified prior to payment. The results will be independently verified prior to payment. This will be done by an independent verification agent, procured and paid for by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
  3. Grant applicants have a degree of flexibility in the way they achieve the results.

Conditions for participation

  • The project is additional to both the target market as well as the usual business operations of the grant applicant and would be too risky to implement without the grant.
  • The project proposal must focus on poor and vulnerable target groups, who cannot be reached without subsidies.
  • The key activity for the grant applicant is decentralised renewable energy.
  • The activities under the proposal must be carried out in a maximum of 4 years.
  • The applicant has at least 3 years experience in the proposed geographical market.
  • The applicant is financially stable and can demonstrate his ability to finance the activities.
  • The applicant has the relevant licenses for the target market prior to the grant application.
  • Smaller local businesses that are going to collaborate with the applicant must also:
    - have been active in providing energy services to the decentralised renewable energy market in developing countries;
    - have a track record in the region of the target country.
  • There are minimum service levels required for the products. Please check additional information on technologies and consult annex 2 of the policy document of this facility published in the Government Gazette and on this website (see unofficial translation).


The SDG 7 Results facility programme is open to activities in the following countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso*, Chad*, Ethiopia*, Gambia, India, Kenya*, Mali*, Mozambique, Niger*, Nigeria*, Uganda*, Rwanda, Senegal*, Sudan*, Tanzania and South Sudan*.
*priority countries. Extra points will be awarded to applications for activities in one of the above priority countries of the Inclusive Green Growth (IGG) Department and the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (Directoraat-Generaal voor Internationale Samenwerking, DGIS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The SDG 7 Results programme comprises 3 consecutive phases:
  1. Project development
    For the first tender round in 2019 the deadline for submitting your concept note was 4 June 2019. You can submit your concept note for the second tender round in 2020, please check this website for the deadline.
  2. Grant application
    Submit your grant application in time together with all mandatory documents. We will assess your application in consultation with the Dutch embassy in the country in question and after visiting the project. Applicants from focus countries can apply for support for development of their business plan and proposal writing. More information will be provided via this website prior to opening of the first tender.
  3. Implementation and follow-up
    Your application has been approved. You can now implement the project with the support of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


The procedure consists of several steps:

  • You can only submit a grant application if you have submitted a concept note and received an advice from us. Please mention the concept note reference number in your correspondence.
  • If you have submitted your concept note through ePortal, please submit your grant application through the same portal with the same login and password as you used when submitting the concept note. If you encounter technical problems when logging in please contact
  • If you have submitted your concept note via email, please submit the grant application via email. Send in your application form and all annexes together in one email to Please put your concept note reference number + the name of the applicant in the subject field. Please note: do not send your application and annexes as one PDF document.
  • An applicant is eligible to submit a maximum of two grant applications to the facility.
  • You may submit your grant application from 1 July 2019 09:00 CEST to 27 September 2019 12:00 CEST via the following application page.

Calendar 2019

Friday 27 December 2019


The available budget for the first tender round is €11.25 million. Each project can apply for a grant of at least €250,000 and no more than €2.5 million.

Legislation and regulations

This programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Learn more about the related legislation and regulations for this subsidy programme:

Frequently asked questions

Download all frequently asked questions (pdf) about SDG 7 Results facility.