The Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) was established in 2012 to fund, facilitate, and accelerate geothermal development in Eastern Africa. The overall objective of the GRMF is to encourage public and private sector investment into geothermal power generation. The GRMF therefore acts as a catalyst in establishing geothermal energy as a strategic option for power generation capacity expansion in twelve partner countries in the Eastern African Rift region.
The facility co-finances Surface Studies and Drilling Programmes aimed at developing geothermal energy projects – being a largely untapped indigenous and renewable energy resource. The GRMF comprises approx. 131 million USD of awarded funds.
In 2022, the GRMF Oversight Committee decided to expand the facility to include the promotion of geothermal direct use. For this purpose, the new GRMF HEAT funding programme was introduced.
GRMF offers funding in 12 eligible East African countries: Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Awarded projects from GRMF POWER Application Round 1 to Application Round 7: