USAID AFRICA TRADE & INVESTMENT (ATI) PROGRAM/Call for Partnerships in Trade & Investment in Africa (Grant)

Funding Possibility:

The USAID Africa Trade & Investment Program is giving partners the chance to co-invest with USAID through this Annual Program Statement (APS) via APS-ATI-001 in order to work towards one or more of the following overarching objectives and associated target outcomes for each:

Goal No. 1: Enhanced trade

• Engagement with trade facilitators • Support for new businesses (especially those owned by women) and sourcing relationships • Market intelligence development • Business-to-business links • Engagement with market intelligence objective one anticipated outcomes: increased trade and exports, reduced trade barriers, and the creation of jobs.

Goal 2: Increasing Investment

• Finding, sharing, and promoting investment possibilities
Deal structure and transaction facilitation • Creation of innovative funding options
Objective Two Expected Results: increased investment, development and support of innovative investment mechanisms and solutions, reduction of investment impediments, and the creation of jobs.

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Improved business environment is the third goal.

• Private sector-driven policymaking to enhance the business climate
Interventions that deal with limitations, rules, and procedures that obstruct commerce and investment on the continent Three outcomes are anticipated: a welcoming, inclusive business environment that responds to market demands; a better understanding of the advantages and value-added dividends of increased U.S. business involvement in their economic development; targeted policy interventions that increased trade and investment; and improved private sector knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to trade and investment, including changes required to improve women’s economic empowerment.

Cross-cutting goals and results:

• The creation of jobs in the private sector; • The empowerment of women and young people; • The development of more robust, inclusive economic ecosystems across nations, regions, and the continent; and • Value chain activities that transcend nations and involve several businesses.

Type of Expected Funding:

To foster partnerships with businesses and/or investors and achieve the development goals listed in Section 1, ATI will award performance-based grants in the range of US$150,000 to US$5,000,000. If the planned activity meets the APS objectives, smaller or larger grants as well as a variety of grant award kinds may be taken into consideration. Given the various funding sources available through buy-ins for ATI, the funding availability for each is listed in the addenda to indicate the areas where grants are most likely to be awarded (for instance, the USAID Mission in one country has $10 million designated solely for tourism-related opportunities). For more information on each buy-priorities in’s and the cap on its funding amount, please refer to the addenda, and take notice that they will be.

The sort of grant that is most suited for the endeavour it seeks to support may have restrictions on grant values; for instance, no grant of any kind may exceed $250,000 for U.S. organisations (for-profit or not-for-profit).

grants depending on performance:

For this APS, a Fixed Amount Award (FAA) agreement will be the preferable type of performance-based grant in accordance with USAID regulations. Payments under FAA funds are granted upon reaching milestones, which are predetermined results. Prior to the grant being issued, milestones are agreed upon between ATI and the partner.

Although the FAA is the preferred grant mechanism under this APS, ATI will perform capacity assessments of all possible grantees, with the mode of award being depending on the applicant’s financial and administrative capacities. The potential grantee’s capacity will determine other award modalities, which may include an in-kind grant, a standard grant, a streamlined grant, or a combination of FAA and in-kind grants.

Eligible applicants:

  • Applicants can include financial institutions, investors, businesses, business service organizations, industry/sector organizations, trade or other private sector associations. ATI strongly encourages applications from potential new partners. Should there be questions of whether your entity is eligible, please submit your inquiry at ATI APS 001 Questions.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that it falls into one of the grantee categories below:
    • Private Sector Companies – both local (within Africa) and international (outside of Africa) firms.
    • Foreign Organizations (referred to as non-U.S. NGOs): either nonprofit or for-profit organizations that meet the definition in 2 CFR 200.47. 
    • Non-profit Organizations: Organizations that meet the definition of 2 CFR 200.70.
  • In addition, an applicant must be organized under the laws of the country in which it has its principal place of business or operations in. In lieu of official registration, an applicant may still be eligible for award if it shows proof of effort to secure registration, exemption from registration, or cause for why registration is not optional or practicable.

Ineligible applicants:

  • Any organization not legally organized under the laws of the country in which it has its principal place of business or operations in;
  • Any entity listed in the U.S. government Excluded Parties List;
  • Any entity unable to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number;**
  • Any entity excluded in the US Government System for Award Management;
  • Any Government Entity;
  • Any Public International Organization (PIO);
  • Any entity affiliated with DAI or ATI directors, officers, or employees;
  • Any projects involving involuntary resettlement, child labor, significant environmental impacts;
  • Any military organization;
  • Any political party organization;
  • Any entity focused solely on religious activities;
  • Any labor unions; and,
  • Any individuals.

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