Request for Applications for Technical assistance facility for supplier and aggregation capacity development of MSMEs and FOs involved in Hinga Weze interventions

USAID/Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity

Request for Applications (RFA) No. 2019/02/024 for TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FACILITY FOR SUPPLIER AND AGGREGATION CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT OF MSMEs and FOs INVOLVED IN HINGA WEZE INTERVENTIONS

 Issuance Date: February 12, 2019

Deadline for Questions: February 22, 2019

PHASE 1, Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2019

PHASE 2, Deadline for Submissions: May 24, 2019

The USAID/Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity (Hinga Weze, or “HW”) is releasing a Request for Applications (RFA) to award grants in support of its activities. Instructions for completing the application can be found in Annex A. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with the USAID and US Government regulations governing grants and Hinga Weze internal grants management policies.

To achieve its ambitious targets in Year 2 to Year 5, HW intends to scale up capacity building and business development services to farmer organizations, cooperatives, agro-dealers, equipment suppliers, buyers and processors involved in maize, beans, horticulture, orange fleshed sweet potato and Irish potato value chains.

This RFA seeks to solicit applicants who are currently looking to improve or expand their capacity building/business development services to the groups and value chains described above. The applicant’s services should be aimed at improving the business performance of assisted micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to competitively aggregate output from and/or supply inputs/equipment/extension services to smallholder farmers.

Hinga Weze investments in individual grant activities are anticipated to range from $20,000 to $60,000 USD. CNFA/Hinga Weze will be evaluating and awarding applications in two phases: Phase 1 applications will be due by March 1, 2019. All applications received between March 2, 2019, through May 24, 2019, will be evaluated as Phase 2 applications. Applications submitted in Phase 1 and selected for award will have an anticipated period of performance of 1.5 – 2 years, from mid-April 2019 to mid-April 2021 (at the latest). Applications submitted in Phase 2 and selected for award will have an anticipated period of performance of 1.5 – 2 years, from August 2019 – August 2021 (at the latest). All grant activities will fall within this timeframe, so applicants should plan their activities accordingly.

Entities Eligible to Submit Applications Include:

  • Consultancy firms;
  • Business advisory providers;
  • Local NGOs;
  • Institutions of higher learning;
  • Technical, vocational, education, and training (TVET) centers; and
  • Business incubation centers

Specific details regarding grant program objectives, target applicants, eligible activities, alignment with Hinga Weze objectives, target geographic locations, target value chains, application submission requirements, evaluation criteria, and more can be found in the following document: CNFA Hinga Weze RFA – Technical Assistance Facility

For any questions during the grant application process, please contact Ms. Amanda Muncil at grants@cnfarwanda.org.


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