Energy Efficiency Grant to Support Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Producers

United Nations Development Programme

Relevent Country: Ghana

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the Nationally Determined Contribution Support Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and Environmental Protection Agency, wishes to announce a call for proposals, from NGOs/CSOs/CBOs, artisanal palm oil cooperatives/associations, for energy efficiency and waste management in the small-scale palm oil milling and production sub-sector.

The overall objective of the call is to provide technical and financial support towards improved energy efficient production and sustainable waste management to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve worker and public health, and avoid environmental pollution.

The energy sector in Ghana remains one of the key sectors for transformation to address poverty, climate crisis and build resilience. Greener and cleaner energy use penetration and increased demand-side energy use efficiency are needed in both the formal and informal food production sub-sectors.


  • The projects to be supported by this small grant programme, is focused on the Eastern Region of Ghana and seeks proposals from applicants under any of these two categories:
  • Artisanal Palm Oil Cooperatives/associations: Already existing and recognized platform of artisanal palm oil producers that provides a collective voice for the members and steers the collective goals of the producers.
  • CBO/NGO/CSOs: Community-based organizations, civil society organisations or nongovernmental organizations that work with one or more small scale palm oil producers in the informal sector, and have support of these artisanal producers to represent them in making this application.

Funding Information

  • The total grant funds requested per application must not be more than US$ 100,000 and must support at least 100 direct beneficiaries with 60% comprising women.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications must be submitted by duly registered and legally recognised entities; including NGOs CSOs, CBOs, Artisanal Palm Oil producer Associations/Cooperatives. Applying entities must have a solid management team, demonstrate strong evidence of credibility and experience in working with artisanal palm oil producers and millers, or of working in the palm oil production sector.
  • Applicants must meet all of the following criteria for your application to be considered:
  • The applicant indicates and provides a 10% of matching funds to be committed towards total cost of the intervention. This can be financial or in-kind such as staff time logistics support, etc.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that the project could not go ahead without UNDP funding or that, if it would go ahead anyway, it would be at a much-reduced pace or scale.
  • The funding request is for specific identified areas and artisanal palm oil production groups, new equipment i.e. improved and efficient cooking and milling equipment with locally available parts that addresses the challenges enumerated in Section A of this call.
  • The equipment to be supplied to the artisanal palm oil producers and millers must be of, locally fabricated, of acceptable quality standard and sourced from an entity registered in Ghana.
  • Applicants must demonstrate planned trainings on use of new equipment and on general best practices of resource use efficiency. Training of workers in best practices in palm oil processing including resource use efficiency, pollution control and waste management, equipment setting and maintenance documentation and record keeping.
  • Exploring the feasibility of collecting process wastewater (palm oil mill effluent) to generate additional energy.
  • Applicants must demonstrate monitoring and documentation plans over a specified period after equipment installation. This requires developing an environmental management system to monitor the operation of APO facilities.
  • A consortium may be formed, but the lead applicant is responsible for the project/idea and must warrant that the permission of the other members has been obtained.
  • The communities to be supported are divided into 4 categories all located in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Applicants can and are encouraged to apply to support one or more category of communities per the groupings (Birim North; Akyemansa and Birim South; Kwaebibirem; Achiase, Birim Central and Denkyembour).