How to apply

NCF project: Adaptation Solutions to Urban Poor, Bangladesh. Photo: Maja Bygvrå/ Plan Denmark

Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants must be registered legal entities, such as:

  • For-profit companies and organisations;
  • Non-profit organisations and social entreprises;
  • Civil society organisations (CSOs); and
  • Research institutes and universities.

Projects should be implemented through partnerships between Nordic and local partners in an eligible NCF country. In addition, the project partnership may entail other partners.

All project partners shall have a meaningful role in the implementation of the project.

Where can projects be implemented?

NCF can finance projects in the following 21 countries:

  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia
  • Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua

The application process in a nutshell


Do you have a great climate solution?


Prepare an application for NCF and tell us about your project idea.


The strongest project ideas will receive between EUR 250,000 and 500,000.


Test your climate solution in practice!

Next call for proposals: NCF9

Nordic Climate Facility welcomes applications once a year through open calls for proposals. The ninth call for proposals (NCF9) will be open between 5 June and 5 September 2019. Stay tuned for more information!

Two-staged application process

Stage 1: Concept Note


Check the concept note application guidelines

Register to the SmartME online application system

Find the concept note application template

Prepare your concept note



Eligibility screening

Eligible applications are scored by the evaluation committee

Highest scoring concept notes are selected to submit a full proposal

Project specific comments are shared with all eligible applicants

Stage 2: Full proposal (for selected applicants only )


Check the full proposal application guidelines

Log in to the SmartME online application system

Find the full proposal application template

Prepare your full proposal application



All submitted eligible full proposals are scored by the evaluation committee

Highest scoring full proposals are selected for due diligence interviews

Project specific comments are shared with all evaluated full proposals

Contract negotiations with shortlisted applicants

Project implementation can start

Read this before applying

NCF Project Implementation Manual

NCF Project Implementation Manual

NCF Glossary

NCF Glossary

Guidelines from previous calls

NCF 8 Concept Note Application Guidelines

NCF 8 Concept Note Application Guidelines

NCF 8 Full Proposal Application Guidelines

NCF 8 Full Proposal Application Guidelines

Frequently asked questions

If you cannot find the confirmation email in your inbox, check the folder for junk mail (spam). The confirmation email from the system may have been directed there. If you have been invited to participate in the development of a project proposal from a partner organisation or colleague, but the invitation link to the online system has expired, the system will automatically send you a new link to use. If you have other problems, please contact us at

No, you can open and revise the application as many times as you want. Please ensure you always press “Save as draft” to ensure the latest modifications are saved.

Please ensure that only a limited amount of people can submit the application in the SmartME system. This is done under My application - manage partners - add user. If the application is submitted prematurely, contact the NCF team on and they can un-submit the application. Please note it can take up to 24 hours for the NCF team to do this.

Yes. The lead Nordic partner can invite colleagues and project partners to review/revise and/or submit the application. This is done under My application - manage partners - add user in the SmartME system. The person who initially registered to the SmartMe system (the lead Nordic partner) can at any point in time change the user rights of each individual person.

In case of any technical issues, please directly contact the technical support of the SmartME system.

No, unfortunately NCF does not have a matchmaking service.

Yes, partners who have received NCF-funding previously are eligible to apply again.

Register to Apply

Register to SmartME to begin working on your online application


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