Farm Africa: Small Grants for Innovative Agricultural Ideas in East Africa

Deadline: July 20, 2013

This is a call for innovative ideas to incubate from MAEF’s Innovation Incubator Fund (IIF). Applications are invited. Farm Africa’s Maendaleo Agricultural Enterprise Fund (MAEF) aims to sustainably improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in East Africa by investing in innovative agri-business enterprises. The MAEF invites concept notes through its Innovation Incubator Fund from applicants operating within specified regions of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania (see announcement for details). Grants are up to £13,650.

Farm Africa’s MAEF team will guide and monitor the project development and build the capacity of grantees. The Innovation Incubator Fund will invest in innovative ideas with recognised potential at an early stage. It will help grantees to refine and strengthen their ideas and, where appropriate test their modifications/adaptations at a limited scale (a few farmers groups with about 100 farmers). It will be a channel to promote and strengthen agricultural innovation and ‘Research and Development’ at the field level.


  • This application is open to applicants operating within the specified regions of East Africa that is Kenya (Central and Nairobi Counties), Uganda (Central and peri-urban Kampala regions) and Tanzania (Morogoro and Pwani Regions)
  • Applicants should have a track record in agricultural development and agri-business in those countries; have proven capacity to manage grant funds and fall under the categories as listed below
    • Category 1: Local non-governmental organisations (LNGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), farmer associations
    • Category 2: Private companies (agri-business firms, small and medium enterprises -SMEs, cooperatives, farmer business agencies), academia, and research organisations and individuals

Farm Africa is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) that works in remote and resource-poor rural areas in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural Africa.

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