OFID considers grant financing to be an important instrument of development. As such, its grant program supports initiatives aimed at enhancing livelihoods by addressing challenges in areas such as education, energy poverty, food security, public health, water supply and sanitation, which may not be directly funded through other financing windows..
OFID’s grant program includes technical assistance for small-scale social schemes, sponsorship for research and other intellectual pursuits, and emergency relief aid. Brochure outlining OFID's grant program
In addition, OFID has set up special programs that respond to the urgent and unique challenges presented by HIV/AIDS, Palestine and energy poverty. The latter is a particular priority and complements the financing provided through other mechanisms in support of OFID’s Energy for the Poor Initiative.
As of December 31, 2014, OFID had provided some US$598.2m in outright grants across all programs, working with UN agencies and a host of international and national NGOs, among many other partners, to meet the needs of the vulnerable, marginalized and very poor.
Grants approved in 2014
In 2014, an aggregate US$25.1m was approved through OFID’s various grant programs for a total of 61 operations across all developing regions of the world. In keeping with the institution’s strategic focus, close to 40% of these resources were delivered in support of the water-food-energy nexus.
- Technical assistance: US$6.5m: For activities directed at satisfying basic water, sanitation, health and education needs.
- Special program for Palestine. US$6.4m. To support a broad range of interventions designed to improve the quality of life in marginalized communities.
- Energy poverty program: US$5.9m. For nine projects, all of them based on renewable solutions and benefiting 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean.
- HIV/AIDS Program: US$2.4m. To support four projects.
- Emergency aid: US$2.1m. Including support to Ebola containment efforts in Africa.
- Research grants: US$1.8m. To sponsor conferences and similar events and help fund a number of small-scale education and capacity-building schemes.