Funding Windows

The Green Fund considers opportunities within the following three funding windows, which reflect national policy priorities and focus on sectors promising high impact and potential for scale up:

Green Cities and Towns

The vision of the Green Cities and Towns window is to strive for well run, compact and efficient cities and towns that deliver essential services to their residents, utilising available natural resources efficiently and sustainably.

Focus areas of the Green Cities and Towns funding Window may include:

  • Sustainable transport
  • Sustainable waste management and recycling
  • Renewable energy, including off grid and mini grid
  • Sustainable water management
  • Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management
  • Sustainable human settlements, the built environment and green buildings
  • Ecosystem services
Low Carbon Economy

The vision of the Low Carbon Economy window is to strive towards a low carbon growth trajectory in line with national climate change policy principles. The decoupling of economic growth from its impact on natural resources will be driven by private sector efforts to lower environmental impact and resource consumption. This can be achieved through clean production methods and other climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. These include interventions targeting industrial efficiency and the carbon intensity of the economy including energy efficiency, reducing pollution from industrial processes, waste management and reuse of by-products.

Focus areas of the Low Carbon Economy funding Window may include:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy (solar, wind, biogas, biomass, landfill gas, mini / small hydro, etc.), excluding the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme under the Department of Energy.
  • Rural energy including off grid and mini grid
  • Biofuels
  • Sustainable transport
  • Industrial cleaner production and consumption projects
Environmental & Natural Resource Management

The protection of biodiversity and securing the sustainable delivery of ecosystem services is the primary focus of this funding Window. These include interventions targeting ecosystem based adaptation to climate change that could drive rural development models. Managing and reducing the impact of agriculture and land use changes through demand management and resource conservation will be supported.

The vision of the Environmental and Natural Resource Management window is to strive for protected and conserved resources for sustained ecosystem services to support South Africa’s development path.

Focus areas of the may include:

  • Investment (or Payment) for Ecosystem Services projects
  • Biodiversity benefiting businesses, including sustainable farming
  • Sustainable land use management and models
  • Rural adaptation projects and plans