Technical Assistance Program

To support the development of sustainable projects for certification and financing, NADB offer various types of technical assistance in three categories: project development, institutional capacity-building and sector studies to identify needs and generate knowledge about a new sector or technology. The purpose of the program is to help project sponsors and border communities strengthen their financial performance and ensure the long-term sustainability of their infrastructure.

Technical assistance grants are available to support utilities, state and local governments and their agencies, and other sponsors of projects that have been certified or sponsors who are actively developing specific projects for certification and financing by NADB.

More detailed information regarding eligibility and general funding uses, terms and process is provided in the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) guidelines.


Technical assistance grants are available to finance part of the costs associated with studies and other development activities related to projects that have already been certified or are in the process of obtaining certification and financing from NADB.

The projects must be located within the geographic jurisdiction of NADB: 100 kilometers north of the international border in boundary in the four U.S. states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California and within 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) south of the border in the six Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora, and Baja California.

Use of Funds

Technical assistance may be used for studies related to the design and implementation of infrastructure projects, as well as for capacity-building measures aimed at achieving effective and efficient operation of public services.  These activities include but are not limited to needs assessments, feasibility studies, facility plans, financial analyses, environmental assessments, preliminary design, final design, preparation of bid documents and preparation of certification documents. Public participation activities necessary for certification may also be eligible for funding.

Support may also be provided to local governments and utilities for capacity-building measures aimed at improving the financial, commercial and operational efficiencies of their systems, as well as for planning efforts and training. For more information regarding these types of activities, visit Capacity Building.

Additionally, NADB may support pilot environmental infrastructure projects and research studies aimed at supporting the development and introduction of innovative technological solutions to environmental problems as a means of promoting their broader use in the border region, especially in the sectors of renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling and pollution prevention. These activities may include design, project management, works supervision, the purchase and installation of specialized equipment and training in its use.

General Funding Terms

Grants may be awarded in amounts up to US$250,000. In the case of regional projects involving more than one community, the grant award may be increased up to US$350,000.  Assistance will be subject to the availability of funds.

A cash contribution of at least 25% of the cost of the work being funded by the TAP award must be provided by the project sponsor or other project partner.

In accordance with standard banking practices, TAP assistance may be subject to reimbursement, partially or fully, as part of a NADB lending package. In the event that a project does not obtain loan financing from NADB, the entire TAP grant shall be reimbursed by the sponsor, except in the case of poor communities. If the project is financed with a loan, the entire TAP grant will not be reimbursed.

All private-sector project sponsors, without exception, must agree to reimburse the funds within a timeframe established by NADB at the time of funding.

Funding Process

NADB shall determine if a proposed study should be procured directly by NADB or the project sponsor based on the type of study and the capacity of the sponsor to undertake the procurement. In either case, the procurement of any goods and services under the program shall be carried out in accordance with NADB procurement policies and procedures.

NADB will sign a letter agreement with the sponsor in which the obligations of both parties will be specified. Committed cash contributions from the sponsor will be used first for payment of consultant costs, followed by the approved TAP grant.

Upon completion of each study, sponsor and NADB will devise an implementation plan that addresses the results and recommendations of the study, and will evaluate the performance of the consultant and the effectiveness of the study.

Receiving technical assistance through the TAP program does not imply or guarantee NADB project financing.

Applying for Technical Assistance

Prior to submitting an application for technical assistance, we recommend contacting NADB to discuss your specific needs and assess the best options available to you under the program. 

When applying, be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Name or brief description of the infrastructure project under development for which technical assistance is needed.
  • A brief description of the study or activity for which assistance is being requested.
  • Estimated cost of the study or activity.
  • Amount of NADB technical assistance requested.
  • Identification of other funding sources for the study
To apply for technical assistance, download and complete the application form or send a letter request that includes the above information to:

Javier Torres

Technical Assistance Managers
Juarez Office