10 January 2012 – Demand for grants has forced the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa (EEP-S&EA) to change the mode for submitting proposals for renewable energy initiatives.

Applicants are now able to use email to submit proposals. EEP-S&EA Regional Coordinator Gershwin Pududu says he had earlier indicated that only online submissions would be allowed and no emails would be accepted.

“The office has experienced software challenges with the online application system and has, therefore, decided to receive project profile submissions for this call for proposals only via email to our EEP email address: eep@dbsa.org. The latest application form can be found on the website www.eepafrica.org. Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday January 16, 2012 at 13:00 South African time,” Pududu says.

Eligible applicants for project financing by the EEP programme include private companies, public institutions, research organisations, educational institutions, charitable organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations, not-for-profit organisations and cooperative organisations.

Pududu says that for an applicant to be eligible, the proposal should be implemented in one or more of the partner countries; these being Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia.

He also says proposals are being sought for energy efficiency initiatives. The maximum grant allocated to a project will be about €200,000 and applicants are required to provide some level of own contribution.

Projects promoting biofuels from jatropha curcas are not be eligible for grants. The scope of the EEP call for proposals is limited to projects that deal with the development phase of concrete renewable energy producing or quantifiable energy saving/conservation projects.

EEP is jointly funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Austrian Development Agency and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) while the EEP Regional Coordination Office (RCO) is hosted by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.