2018 African Development Foundation Grants for African Enterprises



Grant Proposals are currently been accepted for the 2018 African Development Foundation Grants for African Enterprises, Eligible persons are invited to apply but are also reminded to ensure that all criteria as stated have been met.

Type: Grants
Field: entrepreneurship

Value of Award: Maximum award US $250,000

Eligible Countries: See List in Program Webpage (Link below)


  • 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

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.)

Grant Application Selection, Award and Implementation Process

USADF will review all applications and will contact those organizations that best fit country strategies and objectives. A site visit will be conducted and finalists will be referred to USADF Washington for a final assessment and selection. Once an application is selected by USADF Washington, a local USADF Technical Partner will be assigned to the organization to help complete additional Grant Design and Budget steps.  After the design steps are completed USADF will enter into a formal agreement to award grant funds to the organization.  The USADF Technical Partner will continue to assist the organization during the grant implementation period. Grant funds are disbursed to the organization over the grant period as the organization achieves the plans, activities, and outcomes of the grant design. Grant organizations report to USADF on a quarterly basis.

How to Apply: Download the Application that suits you below. USADF grant applications are free of charge.

ENGLISH                     SWAHILI                      FRANÇAIS

Application Deadline: 29th January 2018

Visit Program Webpage for Details



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