The Business Partnership Facility (BPF) is initiated and financed by the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD) to stimulate private sector involvement in achieving the SDGs in developing countries.
Business Partnership Facility
The operational management of the BPF is entrusted to the King Baudouin Foundation.
The BPF supported viable, entrepreneurial business initiatives with a strong social/environmental impact in 23 countries.
The final call for projects is closed. Since the first call for projects in 2019, 64 projects received a grant (matching fund) for a total of 10.658.850 euros.
As foreseen at the start, an external final evaluation of the BPF took place. The fieldwork for this evaluation was conducted by local consultants, coordinated by Techforce, Akvo and Diligent Consulting.
Until 2026, the King Baudouin Foundation will accompany the projects financed to achieve greater economic solidity and social impact.
Who can apply?
Each applicant is preferably in a partnership that brings together actors from the private sector, civil society, academia and/or the public sector. The partnership must include minimum one business partner. The proposed project must be part of the ‘core business’ of at least one of the business partners involved.
Projects are selected by an independent jury and receive non-refundable funding between 50,000 and 200,000 euros. The grant can represent maximum 50% of the total investment.
In total, there is a budget of €12mio available to support projects and to manage the calls during 5 years (2019-2023). For every selection round there is €1mio available for grants.
BPF-funded projects must demonstrate their social impact and economic viability:
Social impact, contributing to the SDGs. For example:
- Creation and maintenance of decent jobs,
- Improvement in average income for low income families,
- Accessibility of affordable goods and services,
- Inclusion and economic development of women and young people,
- Positive impact on the environment through saving resources, reducing emissions and/or preserving biodiversity,
Applicants must clearly demonstrate that the submitted projects/initiatives are:
- Able to become self-sustainable,
The last 2 selection rounds are open to projects in different sectors. Projects can only be submitted around three themes:
- Climate, environment and biodiversity
- Gender and female entrepreneurship
- Decent work and social protection
Partners can be Belgian, European or international legal entities.
Projects must take place in one of the following countries:
In addition to the grant, the BPF can also provide advisory support. Grantees can call upon consultants in the two following domains:
- Results-based management
- Up-scaling the activities
A maximum of 7 days of consulting services can be granted per year of implementation of the project. The BPF will finance the consultants’ fees, while all operational costs (transport, accommodation, food, etc.) will be borne by the grantees.
The service of these consultants can be integrated in the project proposal, but can also be requested when the project is already ongoing, in function of the needs arising during implementation.
The Business Partnership Facility is now closed.
Questions about the BPF? Check out our extended Q&A page.