U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) Call for Proposals (Closing Date: November 15, 2023)


Call for Proposals

The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and the Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade of the Government of Namibia invite proposals from Namibian cooperatives, producer groups, and micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) for grant financing and local support for innovative solutions that extend their own capabilities to increase food security, add value to local products, increase revenues, create jobs, improve incomes, and achieve sustainable market-based growth.

Proposals are invited from registered cooperatives, producer groups, processors, distributors and service providers in Namibia working directly in the following value chain sectors: grain and livestock production, horticulture, and agro-processing. Innovative approaches to agricultural and economic development will also be considered.  This includes, but is not limited to, digitalization, information technology, and agricultural solutions using renewable energy.

Proposals will also be accepted from MSMEs working in the following sectors: woodworking, garment production, metal fabrication, cosmetics, detergents, and digital services.

Approximately NAD $4,500,000 (Maximum award U.S. $250,000)

Qualification criteria

  • The organization must demonstrate that it has successfully worked together for a minimum of 2 years, has a significant number of active members, suppliers, or clients, and has the capability to effectively use grants funds.
  • The ownership and management must agree on the problem(s) to be addressed and have a commitment to benefit their community.
  • The organization must have basic functional management and financial controls for a minimum of 2 years to demonstrate capability to account for MASP funds.
  • Organizations must be formally registered with the following Namibian Government institutions: Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA), Social Security Commission (SSC), the Namibian Revenue Agency (NAMRA), or the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR).
  • Organizations must be Namibian-owned and led.

Successful proposals must

  • Have a clearly defined market opportunity to grow revenue that can increase incomes.
  • Have a clearly defined plan of how they can increase revenues and incomes within 2 – 4 years.
  • Be able to make significant cash or in-kind contributions to the project.
  • Be able to directly impact significant numbers of people and community members.
  • Be able to identify a path for growth after the MASP grant ends.
  • Special consideration will be given to applications that incorporate innovative strategies to make use of new approaches and technologies, including complementary finance and information technology.
  • Special consideration will be given to women owned organizations and applications that promote youth.

For details and the grant application form, visit: www.usadf.gov/apply/

Please submit your application form, financial statements for the past two years, and a copy of your registration document to: NamMASPRFA@usadf.gov by November 15, 2023.