Partnering for Green Growth (P4G)

Capacity building


Supported by: 

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Initiated by: 

Partner for Green Growth


Funded by:

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Information about fund: 

P4G brings businesses, government and civil society organisations together in public-private partnerships that speed up green growth. The P4G initiative aims to advance breakthrough solutions that help meet humanity’s greatest needs.


Five sustainable development goals (SDG):

  • SDG2 Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production (circular economy)



Partnership awards may be up to USD 1 million, typically in the USD 100,000 range for start-ups and more for scale-ups. Cost share is required as follows:

  • For partnerships receiving USD 100,000 or less, cost share must be at least
    25 percent of the partnership’s total budget.
  • For partnerships receiving more than USD 100,000, cost share must be
    at least 50 percentof the partnership’s total budget.


Geographic focus:

  • Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa
  • Asia: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam
  • America: Colombia, Mexico



The P4G funding period ranges from one to two years, usually one year for start-ups and two years for scale-ups, though this may vary depending on the needs of the partnership

Partnerships may submit concept notes at any time beginning on April 2, 2021. P4G will begin evaluations in June 2021. Partnerships should expect to work with P4G over 2-5 months to strengthen their proposals as described in this document. This call for partnerships will remain open and will not have a specific closing date. Applications should be submitted no later than July 31, 2021 to be considered for final decision by December 2021. Concepts received later may be considered for decision in 2022.

Open application portal: https://p4gpartner Partnership%20Fund%202021%20Guidelines.pdf

– P4G is for SMEs, bigger companies, NGOs, knowledge institutions (except universities), local government and government institutions in the Netherlands and abroad.

– Partnership projects or ideas must target green growth in Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries and focus on at least one of the P4G partnering countries.

– Partnership must target significant impact on one or more of P4G’s five SDG’s: SDG 2 Zero Hunger • SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation • SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy • SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities • SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production (circular economy)

– Partnerships must be in either the start-up or scale-up phase of development (past the research or pilot phase)

– Partnership activities must be implemented in or benefit one of more P4G partner countries eligible for support: Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa and Vietnam

– Partnership must include at least one commercial and one non-commercial partner

– Emerging business model must deviate significantly from what has been done before, with ability to be a ‘game changer’ in the sector and disruptive to current unsustainable models

– The business plan for the product or service at the core of the partnership shows potential for future returns of investment More information:

P4G providesfunding only to partnerships in the start-up and scale-up phases of development and growth.

– Start-up: Promising, early-stage partnerships that need support to test the feasibility of innovative approaches. Start-up partnerships should be on a clear path towards developing a scalable solution.

– Scale-up: Partnerships that are already engaged in promising, business-driven green growth innovations and need support to scale up and accelerate their impact, typically in more than one P4G partner country

Each partnership must designate an administrative partner to be contractually responsible for P4G funding. The administrative partner will be the sole contractual recipient of P4G funds and must be a legally registered non-commercial entity. Table 1 in Appendix 1 provides information on what types of organizations can serve as administrative partners for P4G awards.

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