Energy Access Fund
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We are committed to promoting Access to Energy:

Approximately 759 million people still lack access to electricity and about 2,6 billion people rely on wood, charcoal, crop waste and coal for cooking and heating based.

Access to clean, affordable and reliable energy is vital for social and economic development and to power sustainable growth. It is needed to improve livelihood in developing countries, ensuring access to clean water, cooking and health care. Sustainable energy also powers agriculture, commerce and industry, thus creating prosperity, jobs and opportunities. Likewise, addresses environmental degradation and tackles climate change.

As a reference electric utility and our vocation of openness to the world and sustainability, we are committed to promoting Access to Energy (A2E) in developing countries, focusing on regions with no connection to the electricity grid, and helping communities to break their poverty cycle.

About the Energy Access Fund (A2E) Program:

In 2018, EDP launched the A2E Fund to support renewable energy projects that promote the environmental, social and economic development of rural communities in developing countries.
With 3 editions underway, EDP received over 380 applications and selected 20 projects in Mozambique, Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola and Rwanda, selected according to criteria such as social impact, partnerships, sustainability, number of beneficiaries and expansion potential.

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Applications to A2E

Access to Energy Fund Program | 4ᵗʰ Edition: Registrations are open.

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Past editions

Find out more about A2E Fund program past editions and get to know all the projects supported by EDP.

Registration for the 4th edition of the EDP Energy Access Fund is now open.

We believe that the future is electric and renewable, and that sustainability can make a difference in the lives of many people who are in remote locations without access to energy.

The budget will increase from 500 000 euros annually to 1 million euros, to invest in sustainable and clean energy projects in developing countries, which helps to alleviate the energy poverty of our planet and allows to support more organisations.

Besides that, the project funding from 25 000 euros to 100 000 euros will grow from 50 000 up to 150 000 euros, giving organisations the opportunity to apply with larger projects.

These changes will allow the Fund to increase its impact, both in the number of organizations supported and in the number of beneficiaries reached.

In this edition, we will support projects that are located in these countries:

  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Angola
  • Rwanda


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Regulation and instructions


Frequently asked questions

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Who can apply?

Non-profit and for-profit organizations can apply. Individuals or groups of persons are not eligible for funding.
Organizations must be legally incorporated and registered for over 2 years. 

Do Applicants must be registered in the implementation country?

Project promoters may be from any country in the world, however the projects must be implemented in the countries stated in the Call for Proposals: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria and Rwanda.
Please note that local partnerships are very relevant for the evaluation of the proposed project.

How can we apply?

Applications will be managed via the online platform Check the document A2E CSR Fund Instructions for more information.

Which energy resources are eligible?

Clean energy sources such as solar, hydro, wind, biomass. Fossil fuels, unproven solutions or early stage development are not eligible for funding.

What type of projects are eligible?

The Fund will focus on five major topics for which energy makes a key contribution: education, health, water and agriculture, business and community. The description in each line of action on the webpage and Regulation are just mere examples of potential projects, it is not limited to those. More projects can fit in the categories. Check the past editions for more information on the type of supported projects.

My organization is opening a new branch. Can the expansion for a new region/market be considered as an eligible project?

If the project submitted focus solely on the expansion and commercial activities, not taking into account all criteria for selection (social impact, partnerships, etc.) and for instance, the majority of the co-funding requested is for Human Resources or development expenses to open stores, it will not be considered.

Our organization does not have an Annual Activity Report as requested.

This section refers to the Financial statements and/or when applicable activity report. 

How do you select which projects to fund?

Projects are reviewed according to the criteria stated in the Regulation: social relevance and impact; ability to implement; partnerships; sustainability; expansion; nº of beneficiaries; and, cost/benefits. 
If any clarification or additional information is needed during the analysis of the proposed project, the A2E team will communicate with the Applicants via email. The final decision will be made through a committee of experts. 
The selected and unselected projects will be notified by email with the final decision. 

What are EDP contractual requirements?

A Collaboration Agreement will be signed between EDP and the Lead Applicant. The Agreement will include the detailed budget, timeline, milestones and reporting requirements, adjusted to the project and agreed before signing. 

How can I get more information?

For additional information or clarifications you may use the contact email address

Past editions

Find out more about A2E Fund program past editions and get to know all the projects supported by EDP.