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Communities and Small Scale Mining (CASM) - Small Grants Scheme

What activities does the program fund? CASM's small grants scheme is a pilot program intended to fund small initiatives undertaken by local people in developing countries that will in some way contribute to the reduction of poverty and to the sustainable development of communities affected by or involved in artisanal and small-scale mining.

Who is eligible? Small Grants are awarded to community leaders, organizers, miner's groups, and NGOs. Proposed projects and activities should in one way or another contribute to improving miner's household incomes, or enhancing the community quality's of life, or promoting more socially and environmentally responsible practices. Small projects should respond to a clear demand, expressed by applicants' or the benefiting community's readiness to contribute to the project in cash or kind (infrastructure, manpower, etc.), according to their abilities. CASM contributions to small projects are limited to up to US$ 5.000 per project. Projects durations should be six months or less.

How to apply? See the website below.


World Bank Unit: CASM Secretariat, World Bank Group, Mining Department Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP)



Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP)

What activities does the program fund?  ESMAP is a global technical assistance program that promotes the role of energy in poverty reduction and economic growth in an environmentally responsible manner. Its work applies to low-income, emerging, and transition economies and contributes to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals. Through studies, pilot projects and training, ESMAP strives to expand the global knowledge base about its priority areas: market-oriented sector reform and restructuring, energy access to the un- or under-served especially in rural areas, and environmentally sustainable energy practices. Activities should also contribute to the institutional and human capacity in the recipient country; address poverty, social and gender issues; and be innovative in developing, testing, and mainstreaming ideas and approaches.

Who is eligible?  All stakeholders in the energy sector: governments, private sector, research institutions and NGOs.

How to apply?  ESMAP activities are managed by World Bank energy specialists. Proposals for activities are submitted to the Manager of ESMAP and reviewed by independent experts. Non-World Bank Group proponents need to secure the commitment of a World Bank energy specialist before their proposals can be considered by ESMAP. ESMAP staff are available to put proponents in touch with World Bank energy staff and can be contacted at address below. Further information is available on its website.


World Bank Unit: ESMAP, Energy and Water Department. ESMAP is sponsored by a group of donors, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is managed by the World Bank.

Contact Address: ESMAP Manager, c/o World Bank, 1818 H. Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20433.Tel: +1 (202) 4582321, Fax: +1 (202) 5223018, E-mail:


Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF)

What activities does the Program fund? PPIAF is a multi-donor technical assistance facility aimed at helping developing country governments improve the quality of their infrastructure through private sector involvement. PPIAF pursues its objectives through (i) channeling technical assistance to governments in developing countries on strategies and measures to tap the full potential of private sector involvement in infrastructure, and (ii) identifying, disseminating and promoting emerging best practices on matters related to private sector involvement in infrastructure in developing countries. PPIAF funds country specific or multi-country advisory and related activities in the following areas: infrastructure development strategies, capacity and consensus building, policy, regulatory, and institutional reforms, and pioneering transactions. Eligible infrastructure services include water and sewerage, solid waste, electricity generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas transmission and distribution, telecommunications, airports, ports, railways, and roads.

Who is eligible? PPIAF can support activities intended to benefit any developing and transition country included in the following categories of the OECD Development Assistance Committee's List of Aid Recipients: Developing Countries and Territories (all five columns of the Part I table); and Countries and Territories in Transition (column one of the Part II table). Proposals for PPIAF support can originate from any source. Note, however, that since PPIAF donors have agreed to utilize World Bank procurement guidelines to implement PPIAF activities, the World Bank through its designated task managers execute activities on behalf of PPIAF. Proposals for country-specific activities require approval in writing from the relevant government.

How to apply? Guidelines and information are available on the PPIAF website or from PPIAF Program Management.


World Bank Unit: PPIAF Program Management Unit.

Contact Address: e-mail:

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