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SDG 7 Results: Access to renewable energy

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Is your organisation a business, NGO or financial institute? 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 SDG 7 Results: Access to renewable energy facility scheme. Payments for this opportunity will be made afterwards and based on the number of people who have gained access to renewable energy technologies and services.

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

Consult our advisors

Do you have an innovative idea for an SDG 7 Results project? Consult our advisors, they are happy to help you and offer advice. Send an email to our advisors with your ideas.

We expect a new tender round to open in autumn 2021. If you would like our advisors to inform you when the tender is open, please email us.

Sustainable development goals

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

SDG 7 Results result areas

SDG 7 Results aims 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, and
  • mobilisation of private investments in the decentralised renewable energy sector.

Focus of SDG 7 Results

SDG 7 Results is based on the following 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. An independent party verifies the results prior to payment. We will guide this process and pay the costs.
  3. Grant applicants have a degree of flexibility in the way they achieve the results.


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


  • 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 proposed activities 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: unofficial translation of the Government Gazette.
  • The project is additional to both the target market and the usual business operations of the grant applicant and would be too risky to implement without the grant.


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 priority countries of the Inclusive Green Growth (IGG) Department and the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The SDG 7 Results programme has 3 phases:
  1. Project development
    You submit your concept note. One of our advisors will advise you on your project idea. After this mandatory phase, you can apply for a subsidy.
  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.
  3. Implementation and follow-up
    Your application has been approved. You can now implement the project with the support of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. We evaluate the results every year.


SDG 7 is closed for now. You cannot apply at this moment.

Project Management

When you are granted a project subsidy, please use our webform to notify us of any changes. You must report the following changes as soon as possible:

  • Administrative changes;
  • Changes to the duration or timetable: premature termination, suspensions, changes to milestones or to start and/or end dates;
  • Changes to objectives and/or activities;
  • Changes to the national or international partnership;
  • Financial changes: budget change of 25% or more on a yearly basis, VAT obligation changes, suspension of payment, bankruptcy or debt rescheduling scheme;
  • Postponement of reporting, final reporting and/or final declaration;
  • Transfer of rights and/or knowledge;
  • Division, merger or takeover of the company.

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.

Background information

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.