The King Baudouin Foundation is seeking applications for its Business Partnership Facility (BPF) Grants Program to give financial support to companies contributing to SDGs in developing countries.
The BPF is initiated and financed by the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD) to stimulate private sector involvement in achieving the SDGs in developing countries.
This call is open to projects in different sectors, but the project must focus on at least one of these three themes:
- Climate, environment and biodiversity: This includes projects that facilitate the transition to sustainable and renewable energy for businesses, promote access to adequate, affordable and sustainable energy services for the population, promote sustainable agricultural techniques, encourage access to bio- and environmental certification, promote the reuse of goods and waste treatment, etc. Candidate projects may also respond to the environmental changes that are already affecting their environment by adapting their (production) processes to limit the impact of these changes.
- Gender and female entrepreneurship: Special attention will be given to projects and enterprises led by women, creating real employment opportunities for girls and women, promoting equal treatment and remuneration for women and men, strengthening the position of women in the family and in society, offering products that meet the specific needs of girls and women in the context in which they live, …
- Decent work and social protection: In pursuit of these objectives, initiatives will be supported which strive to ensure a fair and viable income for workers and/or suppliers (farmers, etc.), promote fair trade, foster safety at work, stimulate the creation of social protection systems, etc.
The BPF provides a non-refundable grant between 50,000 and 200,000 euros, that represents maximum 50% of the total investment.
The projects must take place in one of these countries: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Palestine, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia.
Each applicant is preferably a partnership that brings together actors from the private sector, civil society, academia and/or the public sector. The partnership consists of a minimum of one business partner. The project must be part of the ‘core business’ of the company involved. The partners can be Belgian, European or international legal entities.
For more information, visit https://www.kbs-frb.be/en/business-partnership-facility-enterprises-sdgs-2023a