Planning grants

Could your technology contribute to a better environment and the help reduce poverty? Do you want to explore a new market for your product?

A Planning Grant can help you strengthen your partnerships and explore new market opportunities for your technology or business model.



Applicants must fulfil the following eligibility requirements:

  • The main applicant must be a company or organisation based outside one of the 14 countries, and its partner organisation (the potential customer) must be legally registered in the project country.
  • The partners must have signed a Memorandum of Understanding or similar agreement before applying.
  • As guiding principle companies or private organizations applying and their partners should have at least 3 employees and have been operating for about 3 years. We particularly encourage applications from small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Both partners must exhibit sound finances and a reasonable turnover.

Note that no organisation, private or public, is eligible for funds if it is involved in any of the following:

  • The manufacture of arms and/or their components
  • The tobacco industry
  • The alcohol industry


Applications are scored based on six key areas:

  • Impact
  • Technical solution
  • Market potential and commercial viability
  • Partners
  • Project plan, budget and risks
  • Additionality

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Projects must fulfil the following eligibility requirements:

  • The project’s activities involve exploring new market opportunities, understanding local conditions, and strengthening partnerships.
  • The project involves the introduction of new technology or business models in one of the 14 available countries.
  • The technology in question has already been proven and sold in another market.

The following are examples of suitable project activities:

  • Feasibility studies or market research investigating rules and requirements relevant to the project country
  • Meeting with partners and other local stakeholders to draw up business plans or plan joint activities and projects
  • Capacity development and sharing of knowledge between the partners


Examples of the costs that can be covered by a Planning Grant are:

  • External services
  • Travel to the project country
  • Project auditing and accounting

The maximum amount you can apply for as a Planning Grant is SEK 350,000. Co-financing is not required for Planning Grants, although it may be considered favourable during the selection process.

Ineligible Costs

The following costs are not eligible for funding and will not be reimbursed:

  • Any costs incurred before the decision to award the grant is made
  • Wages and salaries for staff
  • Input materials intended for the continuous production of goods or services
  • Direct investments in inventory, real estate or land intended for the continuous production of goods or services
  • Overheads
  • Financial transaction fees, foreign exchange fees, interest payments, and other financial expenses
  • Representation and per diem for workshop participants
  • Duties, taxes, and statutory charges
  • Indirect costs