The Challenge FundHOW TO APPLY

THE CALL Applying

The applicants are advised to read the: 1) AgriFI Challenge Fund Brief, 2) AgriFI Challenge Fund Call Guidelines, 3) FAQs to inform themselves of their eligibility and overall fit for their organisation and project to the objectives and criteria of the Challenge Fund.

Application Process

The applicant agri-enterprises will need to submit a project concept note (PCN). The application form will be accessed through the on-line platform AfriCUBE which allows the applicant to register and submit concept notes. Applicants will be able to download the application questions from the website  for offline understanding of details and preparation. Each Call will be open for a minimum of 30 days. The PCN will require applicants to outline:

  • The applicant profile and partners;
  • The project description: How the project addresses and contributes to the challenge;
  • Expected social and environmental impact as a result of the project;
  • Sustainability and need for financial support funding;
  • Estimated budget and outline of match-funding sources as per the respective eligibility criteria on match funding.
  • Proposed activities, approaches, outcomes and impact.
  • Completion of a self-declaration of eligibility. 
  • Present evidence of meeting key eligibility criteria by uploading references for company registration, tax compliance and recent annual financial statements when requested.

Information webinars will be available for the applicants to provide an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarifications. The schedule for these sessions will be available on the Fund website and through media outlets.

Questions may also be sent by e-mail no later than 7 days before the deadline for the submission of concept notes to The Fund Manager has no obligation to provide responses to questions submitted later. Responses will be published on the website periodically. The final responses will be published 5 days before the call deadline. Individual replies will not be given to questions. It is therefore advisable for applicants to consult the above-mentioned website regularly in order to be informed of the questions and answers published.

To ensure equal treatment of applicants, prior opinion on eligibility of a specific action or detailed responses on the nature of activities will not be given. All answers to questions will be made public.

Members of the AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund team as well as all staff of Self Help Africa and Imani Development are forbidden from providing information outside the above process. Companies attempting to solicit information outside the process outlined in this document will be excluded from this call for proposals and any future calls. Action may be taken at any point in the application and implementation process should evidence of actions contrary to the Call Guidelines come to light.

Apply on AfriCUBEDownload Call GuidelinesDownload Application Questions*

*This form is for reference only, applications should be made on


THE CALL Award Process

  • Step 1

    Open call for applications (30 days)

  • Step 2

    Submission of project concept note on AfriCUBE

    1. Screening of concept notes by AfriCUBE
    2. Scoring of concept notes

  • Step 3

    Pre-award assessment

  • Step 4

    Invitation to develop full proposal

    1. Evaluation of submitted proposals

  • Step 5

    Endorsement of proposals by Program Steering Committee

  • Step 6

    Contract signing

THE CALL Concept Note Submission

The concept notes must be submitted online via in English language. Upon submission of a concept note online, the applicant will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt to the email provided in the application. Only complete applications will be evaluated and therefore, applicants are urged to review their applications for completeness before submission. Please note that incomplete concept notes will be rejected.

The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 27th August 2020 at 12.00 pm (noon) EAT (East African Time).

Applicants are permitted to submit one concept note in this call. Named Co-applicants as part of the consortia are limited to being engaged in a maximum of two (2) applications under this call for proposals and may not be on more than one (1) grant awarded under this call for proposals. For explicit clarification a resource partner/co-applicant on multiple bids may only receive funding for one application, so may jeopardise the applications of other lead applicants. 

Any concept note submitted after the deadline will be rejected.