Call for Proposals: U.S. African Development Foundation grants 2018 for African enterprises


Application Deadline: January 29, 2018

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.


  • 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.
  • The majority of USADF’s funding agreements range between $100,000 and $250,000.  USADF does not provide funding to government agencies, political parties, or organizations that are not based in Africa

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 Optional

Grant Application Instructions

Send a copy of the completed application form and a copy of the registration document to the address listed below 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 materials submitted after January 29, 2018 will not be considered.

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

(For assistance with estimating your contribution level for application question number 2 in section D,  click on the following link.)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the U.S. African Development Foundation grants 2018


  1. I did a project on plantain sucker multiplication in the university and further on the cultivation techniques, can USADF fund plantain plantation in Nigeria?

  2. My organisation is based in rural part of Kenya, we are interested in applying for this grant but i can’t find the application form in your website; kindly help

  3. Hello this Phionah Founder at Seed of talents Africa based in Uganda,We are a looking for Foundation grants for helping out children in terms of education service and fighting women rights,any support rendered to us will be highly appreciated.

  4. Goodday sir,

    Kindly furnish me with information on how to open the link below to enable me complete the 2018 Grant Application Form. The link is  » For assistance with estimating your contribution level for application question number 2 in section D. »


  5. This is a wonderful program which could help alleviate some of the joblessness problems of African youths.

  6. We are members of OHED local association applying for grant which would support our farming, orphanage or youth HIV/AIDS campaigns in Uvira, Bukavu and Lulenge areas in the South Kivu Province of Congo (DRC). Our zones have been affected by armed groups conflicts which increased human rights abuses including sexual violence, famine, illiteracy and other infectuous diseases.

    Please, inform us whether you can support our initiatives in the affected Congolese communities of the South Kivu Province.

    OHED organization

  7. I have been selected to participate in Beahrs Environmental Leadership programme at the University of alofornia, Berkeley next summer. I have been granted a partial scholarship of 2,000 dollars out of the 8,000 dollars. Can you please sponsor me either fully or partially of the remaining 6,000 dollars? Please let me hear from you.
    Thank you

  8. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I’m interested in submitting my application for improving eco-tourism business already begun. Please help send me the application to my email.


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