Updated Dec 08, 2017CLOSED

U.S. African Development Foundation Grant

Offered by United States African Development Foundation

The U.S. African Development Foundation invites proposals for grant financing and local support, from African enterprises, cooperatives, and producer groups with innovative solutions that extend their own capabilities to increase revenues, create jobs, improve farmer incomes, and achieve sustainable market-based growth.
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CLOSEDJan 29, 2018Deadline
Up to $250,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 1: Ideation, Stage 2: Research & Development, Stage 3: Proof of Concept and Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Implemented in:
CountryGuinea, Ghana, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Benin, Malawi, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, South Sudan, Somalia and Madagascar
Focus AreasAgriculture
Organization Requirements
1. The organization must be 100 percent African-owned and managed.
2. The organization must be a legally recognized African entity (or in the process of becoming legally registered. Registration must be completed before any funding may be provided)
3. The organization must demonstrate that it has successfully worked together and has the potential to productively utilize development funds.
4. The ownership and management must be in agreement on the problem to be addressed and have a commitment to benefit their community.

Other Requirements

Target BeneficiariesProject applications are evaluated on the basis of potential benefits to the community, potential for job creation, workers income improvements, long term profitability, and managerial strengths and capabilities.
Management TeamThe organization must be100percent African-owned and managed.REQUIRED
Potential for ScaleHave a clearly definedmarket opportunityto grow revenues that can increase farmer incomes.
Have a clearlydefined planof how they can increase revenues and farmer incomes in 2- 4 years.
Be able toimpact hundredsof farmers.
Financial StatementsThe organization must have basic functional management and controls to use and account for USADF funds.

Be able to make significant cash or in-kindcontributionstoward making the project successful.
Impact Evaluation/M&E PlanThe outcome of the project must provide real (measurable) benefits to the community. Benefits include job creation, increased incomes levels, improved market access, and quality of life improvements.
Reporting Requirements

Grant organizations report to USADF on a quarterly basis.

OtherBe able to identifyadditional financingoptions available after the USADF grant ends.

For assistance with estimating revenues and income for application question number 5 in section C, click on the followinglink.

For assistance with estimating your contribution level for application question number 2 in section D, click on the followinglink

Application Directions

Supporting Documents

Completed Application Form. -Required
Copy of a valid organization or enterprise registration form. -Required
Most Recent Business Plan. -Preferredbut Optional
Two Years of Financial Statements -Preferredbut Optional

Send a copy of the completed application form and a copy of the registration document to the address listed here for your country. Be sure to include a copy of your recent business plan and financial statements if you have them.Note:USADF is only accepting applications from cooperatives, associations, or enterprises directly involved in the sectors listed for each country in the table below. USADF is not accepting appliactions from NGOs.

Application And Awards Process

USADF will review all applications and will contact those organizations that best fit country strategies and objectives. A site visit will be conducted and finalists will be referred to USADF Washington for a final assessment and selection. Once an application is selected by USADF Washington, a local USADF Technical Partner will be assigned to the organization to help complete additional Grant Design and Budget steps. After the design steps are completed USADF will enter into a formal agreement to award grant funds to the organization. The USADF Technical Partner will continue to assist organization during the grant implementation period. Grant funds are disbursed to the organization over the grant period as the organization achieves the plans, activities, and outcomes of the grant design.


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