BGFA2 – Funding Lot #7: Up to EUR 6.7 million

BGFA2 – Funding Lot #7: Up to EUR 6.7 million

Dates open

22/06/2023 - 31/08/2023


Standalone | Mini/micro-grid


€2M - €2.5M




BGFA2 – Funding Lot #7: Up to EUR 6.7 million

The re-launch of the Call for Proposals in Mozambique (BGFA2) aims to incentivise private off-grid energy service companies to scale up their innovative sustainable businesses and accelerate access to affordable and clean off-grid energy for customers in peri-urban and rural areas of Mozambique at specified sites agreed by the Government of Mozambique. BGFA2-supported energy service providers are expected to be among the first ones to pilot the new regulations. The indicative individual contract size per Mini-grid cluster (concession area) is expected to be between EUR 2.0 and EUR 2.5 million.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible Applicants are private companies that have already established business in Mozambique or are willing to establish a local business entity. In case the Applicant is not already established in Mozambique, the application should be filed by the parent company. Nefco will only be able to enter into BGFA financing contracts with for-profit ESPs once established in Mozambique and will require that the local company leads and undertakes full responsibility for the project implementation towards Nefco.

Companies that were pre-qualified in 2021 can update their information in the application system.

Applicants are allowed to enter into various types of project implementation partnerships with for-profit and non-profit entities, community-based organisations and other non-commercial entities.

Supported technology solutions and geographical focus

Applicants may apply for BGFA2 funding for Micro/Mini-grids. Standalone solutions can only be offered as complementary solutions to Micro/Mini-grid-based solutions for customers that will not be connected to the Micro/Mini-grid(s) at the specified sites.

The BGFA Country Programme for Mozambique aims to strike a balance between increasing the number of electricity connections in rural and peri-urban areas, achieving overall development impact and accelerating sustainable off-grid market development. In collaboration with FUNAE, BGFA has now prioritised 5 clusters, as specified in the Application Guidelines, where it encourages interested energy service providers to electrify local communities

The Application process

BGFA2 will use a simplified, single stage application process, in which the applicants are requested to submit an application with streamlined requirements while still maintaining the BGFA approach. The evaluation of the received applications is expected to take place in September-October 2023 and due diligence will be initiated for qualified companies in late autumn 2023.

Project implementation is expected to start in 2023 and end in 2027.

Kindly note that the online application system opens by 16:00 Helsinki time (EEST) on 22 June 2023.

Questions and Answers

Applicants are requested to send any questions regarding the call and application process through the online application system at the latest by 31 July 2023. Questions and answers and further clarifications will be made available to all registered Applicants in an anonymised and redacted form within two weeks of the above date. Please only post questions related to the BGFA2 funding round via the online application system’s support section, as specified in the Application Guidelines.

Download the Application Guidelines

Download the Application Guidelines in English for more information on the application process and eligibility criteria.

Download the Application Guidelines in Portuguese. (In case of discrepancies between the English text version of the Application Guidelines and the Portuguese translation, the English version shall prevail)

Links to the new regulations are available in the application system.

Apply for funding by registering to SmartME intake system

The application form in the system will open on 22 June at 16:00 Helsinki time (EET).


Questions and answers

For questions related to the on-line application tool and how to submit applications, please visit the SmartMe Intake system’s Support section for guidance.

For questions related to the Call for Proposals, Applicants are kindly invited to post those only via the SmartME Intake system’s Support section as specified in the Guidelines.

All questions and answers related to the Call for Proposals will be provided in a redacted form and at the same time to all Applicants via the SmartME Intake system’s Support section as specified in the Guidelines.