The Challenge FundHOW TO APPLY

THE CALL Applying

The Challenge Fund will run over three open calls, with a total time for the overall project at approximately 60 months. Each call will have the same operational structure, however with possible variations in criteria, number of projects etc. based on learnings from earlier calls and to ensure the programme meets its overall objectives. Each call will be defined by a specific set of guidelines that will be endorsed by the Programme Steering Committee. The selection process will last 6 months from start to finish, with  24-36 months for implementation, making each call approximately 36 months on average.

The window for applications each call is a minimum of 30 days. This call was to initially run for 45 days and has now been extended for an additional 30 days.

The third call opened on 9th October 2019 and the deadline for submission of concept notes closed on 20th December 2019 at 12.00pm EAT.

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 window 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.
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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 e-mail 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 for thethird call for applications is 20/22/2019 at 12.00 pm (noon) EAT (East African Time).

Applicants are permitted to submit one or more concept notes in each call, however only one project per applicant can be funded.

Any concept note submitted after the deadline will be rejected.

THE CALL Required documents for the proposal stage

  1. Certificate of registration / incorporation
  2. Trading license
  3. Business license
  4. Tax / PIN certificate
  5. Constitution / Bylaws
  6. Articles of association
  7. Business plan
  8. Contracts with suppliers
  9. Contracts with customers
  10. Contracts with other business partners
  11. Annual accounts most recent year
  • Annual accounts most recent year -1
  • Annual accounts most recent year -2
  1. Bank statements past year
  2. Cash flow forecast
  3. Credit reference bureau report
  4. Ownership documents / titles
  5. Asset valuation documents
  6. Offer letters of past loans / loan agreements
  7. Resolution of right to borrow
  8. Proof of certification(s) (e.g. Fairtrade, Utz Certified, ISO, etc…)
  9. Insurance policies
  10. List of outgrowers
  11. Farmer database (including phone numbers)
  12. Resume of executive managers
  13. AGM minutes
  14. Register of production volumes
  15. Register of purchases/inputs
  16. HR policy
  17. Finance policy
  18. Administrative policy
  19. Environmental Impact assessment report