The Innovation Grant Facility (IGF) provides funding to agro-based small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in seven Pacific Island States; Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu to access knowledge, technologies or expertise and build staff capacity to improve product quality, expand product offerings, enhance process efficiency, increase market share or competitiveness.
Maximum amount per grant award is €17,000 (≈ US$20,000).
About the call
In 2016, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched a four-year project on “Leveraging the Development of Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains for Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Pacific Islands” which is being implemented in partnership with the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO). The project targets seven Pacific Island States: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
The overall project goal is to; “strengthen the capacity of the Pacific Island Governments, farmer and private sector organisations, and sub-regional institutions to develop strategies and programmes, as well as mobilise financing, that can increase poor rural people’s access to nutritious and healthy food”.
Within this framework, the partners are launching a second call for proposals for an Innovation Grant Facility (IGF) which is open to agro-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the seven target countries. The total IGF budget for the second call for applications is €119,000 (approximately US$ 139,000), and this will be made available to support at least seven (7) grant awards. The call for applications will close on 31 January 2019.