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Urban Environmental Infrastructure Fund

What is the fund?

The Urban Environmental Infrastructure Fund (UEIF), or also known as the Urban Environment Fund, was established in December 2009 under the Urban Financing Partnership Facility. It supports ADB’s response to the huge unmet needs of the region for both basic and economic infrastructure, being a core business area of operations under Strategy 2020. Read the Implementation Guidelines.


  • To raise and invest cofinancing from development partner agencies to support the implementation of Strategy 2020 through the provision of grants for technical assistance and investments focused on providing pro-poor and/or environmental benefits.

What are the services provided?


The fund provides grants for technical assistance and investments focused on providing pro-poor or environmental benefits, covering any of the following:

  • climate change mitigation and adaptation;

  • urban environmental transportation services;

  • urban environmental water and wastewater services; 

  • urban environmental solid waste management services; 

  • district heating and cooling services; and 

  • urban renewal.

Who supports the fund?

Sweden supports the fund. To date, the total contribution is estimated to be around $21.45 million (SEK 150,000).

Who is eligible to receive the fund?

All developing member countries are eligible for support from UEIF for activities prioritized under ADB’s urban initiative.

What is the support or selection criteria?

Project proposals should:

a) exhibit consistency with the country partnership strategy and results framework and ADB’s urban initiative under Strategy 2020;

b) introduce innovative solutions;

c) adopt a participatory approach;

d) be catalytic;

e) exhibit high demonstration value in the sector;

f) show potential for replication and scalability; and

g) facilitate partner cooperation.

What is the support or selection criteria?

  • For technical assistance projects: Support can be up to $1 million for a single country project and $3 million for regional projects.  

  • For grant component of investments as part of a new project, addition to an ongoing project, or a project belonging to a program: The maximum amount possible 10% of the total investment value.

  • For direct charges: Project-related and operational-related expenses have a limit of up to $225,000 (e.g. consultant services, service contractors, knowledge sharing and other learning events, staff travel)

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Lara Arjan
Urban Development Specialist
Robert Domingo 
Urban-Water Portfolio Focal
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