Focus of This Profile: Support for green enterprises related to energy, climate change, agriculture, and biodiversity.
Principal Office: Netherlands
The Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS, Humanistisch Institut voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking) aims to promote a fair, free, and sustainable world.
HIVOS operates with a network of more than 700 partner organizations in the developing world of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.
Grant making in HIVOS is organized by programs, as well as by thematic funding in some HIVOS regions. Among its program areas, the one of principal importance in the Terra Viva Grants Directory is “Green Entrepreneurship.”
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Green Entrepreneurship. This program aims to build the capacities of rural men and women, and small and medium enterprises, in ways that combine environmental sustainability and economic development. Inter-related thematic areas include:
Sustainable Producer Entrepreneurship and Markets -- HIVOS supports organizations and businesses that strengthen smallholder agriculture. This support takes the form of improved access to information and services; stronger integration in national and international markets; stronger smallholder organizations; and training in business skills and sustainable production practices.
Renewable Energy in Practice – The aim is to expand decentralized energy sources for the benefit of poor and marginalized populations. Examples include market-based approaches to increase the availability of domestic biogas and clean cooking stoves.
Carbon Finance -- HIVOS assists with carbon finance for pro-poor projects in renewable energy and agriculture. HIVOS connects projects and programs that reduce carbon emissions with buyers willing to pay prices that include a contribution to pro-poor sustainable development in addition to the purchase of carbon credits.
Other Focal Areas – The HIVOS program in Green Entrepreneurship has additional focal areas related to enterprises in biodiversity; financing for small and medium enterprises; support for organizations that lobby for renewable energy; and agriculture and biodiversity in relation to climate change.
About Green Entrepreneurship
There is no minimum or maximum grant size. The amount of funding depends on the quality of the proprosal, and on the applying organization’s capacities.
However, grants by the HIVOS Microfund for new or experimental projects are limited to €10 thousand. The Microfund also supports conferences, seminars, and other one-time events.
APPLICATION: HIVOS posts an application form that requests information about the applying organization, and the proposed program and budget. The application should be sent to the relevant regional office.
Note: The exception is West Asia (i.e., Eurasia) and related activities in the Middle East and North Africa, which are managed by staff in The Hague.
About how to apply
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
HIVOS accepts grant applications from the following focus countries, applying the regional classification of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Indonesia, Timor-Leste
South Asia: India
Eurasia and Central Asia: Iran
Middle East and North Africa: Iraq, Syria
Sub-Saharan Africa: Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Latin America and Caribbean: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru
Note: HIVOS also funds some programs at regional scales.
Grant seekers may care to explore other grant-making programs at HIVOS.
HIVOS identifies its regional thematic funds.
HIVOS describes its partner network, and it supports regional websites.
Contact provides information for the HIVOS main office in the Netherlands, and for regional and local offices in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
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