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USADF Grant Program in Africa

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 24, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on May 16, 2021
USADF Grant Program in Africa logo
USADF Grant Program in Africa logo

USADF invites applications from registered African agricultural cooperatives, producer groups, processors, and enterprises for grant financing.

Grants will support solutions that extend your organizations’ own capabilities to increase your revenues, create jobs, improve farmer incomes, and achieve sustainable market-based growth.

Successful Proposals Must
> Have a clearly defined market opportunity to grow revenues that can increase incomes.
> Have a clearly defined plan of how you can increase revenues and incomes in 2- 4 years.
> Commit significant cash or specific in-kind contributions toward the grant activity.
> Be able to directly impact hundreds of people and community members.
> Be able to identify a path for continued growth and financing after the USADF grant ends.
> Not exceed US $250,000.
> Special consideration will be given to applications that incorporate innovative strategies to make use of new approaches and technologies, including complementary finance and information technology.
> Special consideration will also be given to women-owned organizations and applications that promote youth entrepreneurship and employment.

Utilize This Offer

USADF is accepting applications in the following countries and sectors:
• Benin: banana, cashew, maize, rice, Shea, soy;
• Burkina Faso: cashew, honey / beeswax, maize, onions, rice, shea butter, tomatoes;
• Burundi: coffee, palm oil, potato, rice;
• Côte d’Ivoire: cashew, cassava, cocoa, rice;
• Democratic Republic of the Congo: cocoa, coffee, fishing, job training/youth employment, livestock, renewable energy, rice;
• Guinea: fish farming, off-grid energy, palm oil, shea;
• Kenya: fishing, livestock, maize, rice, sorghum;
• Liberia: cassava, cocoa, goat, palm oil, rice, vegetables;
• Mali: cashew, fonio, gum arabic, maize, millet, rice, shea, sorghum, sweet peas;
• Malawi: horticulture, legumes, oil seeds, rice, tree crops;
• Mauritania: animal husbandry, cowpeas, gum Arabic, maize, milk, millet, rice, sorghum, vegetables & fruits;
• Rwanda: beans, coffee, maize, rice, tea;
• South Sudan: cassava, coffee, maize, shea, sorghum;
• Somalia: fishing, frankincense, job training / youth employment, livestock, rice, sesame;
• Tanzania: beans, coffee, cotton, horticulture, maize, rice;
• Uganda: cassava, coffee, maize, rice;
• Zambia: agri-energy hybrid, dairy, fish farming, oil seeds, rice;
• Zimbabwe: potatoes, coffee, beans, soybean, maize, groundnuts, sesame, tomatoes, onions, chilies, herbs and spices, small grains, fruits, livestock, off-grid energy.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Your organization must:
a) demonstrate that it has successfully worked together for a minimum of 2 years, has a minimum of 200 active members or suppliers, and has the capability to effectively use grants funds;
b) be an agricultural cooperative, producer group, processor, or business;
c) be in agreement on and directly related to the problem to be addressed and have a commitment to benefit your community;
d) demonstrate the capability to account for USADF funds by showing you have a minimum of 2 years of basic functional management and financial controls in place;
e) be 100% African-owned and African-led.
2. Non-government organizations (NGOs) and intermediaries are not eligible to apply.

Deadline for Applications: May 17, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 24
Apr 24

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 26
Apr 26

Thanks, Ana.