The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is seeking grant proposals from registered agricultural cooperatives, producer groups, processors, and enterprises in certain African countries.
According to the foundation, these grants will be used to support projects that would strengthen the organization’s capacities, boost revenues, create jobs, increase farmer incomes, and encourage long-term market-based growth.
The USADF is providing this funding as part of its commitment to supporting community-led methods and collaborating with local African groups for development. Applications are being accepted in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan.
According to a document obtained by Nairametrics, successful applicants would be awarded up to $250,000.
- The organization/ cooperative must have a successful track record of working together for at least 2 years, with a minimum of 200 active members or suppliers, and demonstrate the ability to effectively utilize grant funds.
- The ownership and management must be in agreement on the problem to be addressed and commit to benefiting their community.
- The organization must have basic functional management and financial controls for at least 2 years to show accountability for the granted funds.
- Organizations must be 100% African-owned and led.
A successful proposal must:
- Clearly define a market opportunity to increase revenues and incomes
- Present a well-defined plan to achieve revenue and income growth within 2-4 years.
- Be able to make substantial cash or in-kind contributions to the project.
- Have a direct impact on hundreds of people and community members.
- Identify a sustainable growth path beyond the USADF grant period.
- Be open to innovative strategies, including new approaches and technologies, as well as complementary finance and information technology.
- Applications that support women-owned organizations and youth-focused projects will receive special consideration.
To make a successful application, here are some things to note:
- Submissions must include the organization’s financial statements for the last 2 years, registration documents, and a completed grant application form in either English or French.
- Applications must be relevant to the specified sectors in each country.
- Grant requests are not to exceed US $250,000.
- All required documents should be sent in one email to the provided email address mentioned in the country’s call for proposals by the specified deadline.
No deadline is specified for the application.