The Challenge FundTHE CALL


Call for concept notes for the first round of applications is now closed


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 project 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 a 24-36 months for implementation, making each call approximately 36 months on average.

The first call for proposals targets to award Euro 6 million to 15 projects in total at an average of Euro 375,000 per project.

The window for applications for the first call for proposals opened on 24th October 2018 and closed on Monday, 26th November, 12.00pm EAT. The call was open for 30 days.

Application Process
  • Download call guidelines and questions from the AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund website. (The questions are meant to provide guidance only, applications should not be made on this form.)
  • Register and start application in AfriCUBE
  • Fill all required details on the application form
  • Submit project concept note on AfriCUBE


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 grant 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 Submission of the Project Concept Note


The concept notes must be submitted online via africube.com 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, please review your application for completeness before submission. Please note that incomplete concept notes will be rejected.


The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 26/11/2018 at 12.00 pm EAT (East African Time)..
Any concept note submitted after the deadline will be rejected.

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