U.S. African Development Foundation Grant for African Enterprises (Up to $250,000)

U.S. African Development Foundation Grant for African Enterprises (Up to $250,000)

Deadline: January 29, 2018

The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) 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. USADF is an independent U.S. Government agency established to support and invest in African owned and led enterprises that improve the lives and livelihoods of people in poor communities in Africa.

Do you have an innovative solution that can increase revenue, create jobs, improve farmer incomes, and achieve sustainable market-based growth? The USADF Grant is for you. Apply now.


Maximum award US $250,000. The majority of USADF’s funding agreements range between $100,000 and $250,000.


  • USADF will only consider proposals from 100% African-owned enterprises, associations or cooperatives operating in the specified country sectors.
  • Applicants must be legally registered in their country, with a with a proven ability to track, manage, and use internal and external resources to achieve growth.
  • USADF does not provide funding to government agencies, political parties, or organizations that are not based in Africa.
  • Proposals will only be accepted from registered agricultural cooperatives, small-scale producer groups, and agricultural processors working directly in the sectors and countries listed below:

Countries, Sectors and Emails to send documents to

  • Benin | Maize, Cassava, Cashew, Shea Nuts
  • Burkina Faso | Onion, Sesame, Rice, Cashew
  • Burundi | Coffee,Palm Oil, Rice
  • DRC | Coffee, Maize, Rice
  • Guinea | Palm Oil, Shea, Textiles
  • Kenya | Horticulture, Livestock, Dairy, Fish
  • Liberia | Rice, Cassava,Horticulture
  • Malawi | Rice, Legumes, Sunflower
  • Mali | Cereals (Millet, Sorghum, Rice, Maize), Horticulture, Livestock
  • Mauritania | Livestock, Horticulture, Forestry Products
  • Niger | Irrigated Horticulture, Livestock, Rice
  • Nigeria | Sorghum, Rice, Cassava, Aquaculture
  • Rwanda | Coffee, Tea, Maize, Rice
  • Senegal | Rice, Horticulture, Tree Crops, Millet
  • South Sudan | Cassava, Sesame,  Groundnuts,   Horticulture
  • Tanzania | Coffee, Horticulture, Cereals
  • Uganda | Coffee, Maize, Rice, Cassava
  • Zambia | Sunflower, Dairy, Rice
  • Zimbabwe | Horticulture, Fruits, Grains

Successful Proposals Must

  • Have a clearly defined market opportunity to grow revenues that can increase farmer incomes.
  • Have a clearly defined plan of how they can increase revenues and farmer incomes in 2- 4 years.
  • Be able to make significant cash or in-kind contributions toward making the project successful.
  • Be able to impact hundreds of farmers.
  • Be able to identify additional financing options available after the USADF grant ends.

Organization Requirements

  1. The organization must be 100% African-owned and managed by country nationals.
  2. The organization must be a legally registered 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 capability to effectively use grants funds..
  4. The ownership and management must be in agreement on the problem to be addressed and have a commitment to benefit their community.
  5. The organization must have basic functional management and controls to account for USADF funds.


Supporting Documents

  1. Completed Application Form. – Required
  2. Copy of a valid organization or enterprise registration form. – Required
  3. Most Recent Business Plan. – Preferred but Optional
  4. Two Years of Financial Statements  – Preferred but Option

Download the online application in English, Swahili and French. If you qualify submit a completed application and support documents to the email address for your country listed here by January 29, 2018.

For more information, visit U.S. African Development Foundation Grant.