Apply for the RTI International’s $50,000 Funding Opportunity

Apply for the RTI International's $50,000 Funding Opportunity
Apply for the RTI International's $50,000 Funding Opportunity

Enhancing Agricultural Infrastructure in Liberia: RTI International’s $50,000 Funding Opportunity

Application Deadline: November 27, 2023

In a concerted effort to bolster agricultural practices and infrastructural development in Liberia, RTI International has announced an open call for concept papers. This initiative aims to drive forward the enhancement of production, post-harvest processing, storage, and the construction of small-scale irrigation systems.

The Feed the Future Liberia Food Security, Nutrition, and Resilience (FSNR) project, spanning a period of five years, stands committed to elevating agriculture-driven economic growth. Its overarching objective is to fortify food security and nutrition in Liberia. This endeavor has been entrusted to RTI International in collaboration with esteemed partners: BRAC, Dimagi, and GiveDirectly.

The FSNR project endeavors to achieve the following in Liberia:

  • Strengthening agricultural practices and on-farm processing capabilities for specific beneficiary groups.
  • Diversification of livelihoods leads to augmented incomes, savings, and improved access to financial services, land, and agricultural equipment.
  • Facilitating improved market access and ensuring year-round availability, accessibility, and utilization of nutritious food within targeted communities

At the heart of this initiative lies the Resilience Investment Fund (RIF), which has been established with the overarching goal of aiding eligible cooperatives in augmenting production, post-harvest processing, and storage capabilities. Additionally, the fund will be allocated to support the development of small-scale irrigation infrastructure in Liberia. Through the RIF, cooperatives will progressively assume the responsibility of procuring and managing services for the benefit of their members.

Funding Information:

Grants will be competitively awarded based on their anticipated impact. The maximum grant amount is set at USD 50,000, with an implementation period ranging from 12 to 24 months from the date of award.

Activities:

Under this call, the Liberia FSNR project aims to foster the growth of enterprises and expand employment opportunities, with a particular focus on empowering women and youth. Support may encompass tailored grants for technical assistance, machinery, construction, and training for enterprises that have identified market opportunities achievable through enhanced access to productive resources.

Eligibility Criteria:

This call is exclusively open to established cooperatives and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Legal and formal registration at the time of grant application.
  • Full compliance with the regulations set forth by the government of Liberia, including the submission of tax compliance and registration certificates.
  • The proposed activities must predominantly take place within Liberia.
  • Individuals are ineligible to apply for this opportunity.

Please be advised that concept notes from organizations failing to meet the aforementioned eligibility criteria will not undergo review or evaluation.

Ineligible:

It is imperative to note that Liberia FSNR grant funds will not be allocated to support the following:

  • General construction costs, except for small-scale irrigation projects, are limited exclusively to the rehabilitation of existing irrigation facilities or the construction of new ones. This may include the integration of cost-effective and environmentally appropriate irrigation technology, such as solar-powered or battery-operated pumps.
  • Procurement of vehicles, including cars, motorbikes, trucks, or tractors.
  • Allocation of funds for the salaries of cooperative members or business owners
  • Acquisition of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or any environmentally harmful products.
  • Purchase of secondhand goods or used machinery. Funding will exclusively cover new agricultural machinery and equipment.

For comprehensive details, kindly refer to the official document from RTI International: Link to Document.

 


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