USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge 2024 (Up to $250,000 Grant capital) – APPLY NOW

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) stands at the forefront of empowering eligible African entrepreneurs through its Off-Grid Energy Challenge 2024.

USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge 2024
USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge 2024

Established by the U.S. Congress, this independent U.S. Government agency (USADF), is calling for proposals that promise to reshape the energy sector in underserved communities across Africa.

In line with the USADF’s mission, the foundation is committed to providing support and investing in enterprises owned and led by Africans. This initiative is not just a challenge, it’s a testament to fostering sustainable development in Africa.

USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge 2024 – Overview

The 2024 USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge aims to catalyze projects that will enhance the lives and livelihoods of those in underserved communities in Africa. The challenge is thus a catalyst for positive change.

One of the key attractions of this challenge is the opportunity for winning applicants (enterprises) to secure grant capital of up to $250,000. This will propel innovative ideas into impactful realities.

Benefits of the USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge 2024

  • Applicants (enterprises) who emerge as winners will receive Grant capital up to $250,000 from USADF
  • In addition to the grant capital awarded, successful enterprises will gain access to intensive local technical assistance and governance support.
  • This localized support ensures their initiatives align with the specific needs of the regions they serve.

Eligibility Criteria

  • For entrepreneurs eyeing this opportunity, being majority African-owned and -managed is a non-negotiable criterion. This implies that the solutions provided must come from within, and be rooted in the understanding of local nuances.

The USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge is open to the following African countries:

  • Benin
  • Burundi
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • DR Congo (South Kivu)
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mauritania
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda, and

How to Apply

  • All instructions to apply are included in the Request for Proposals link uploaded below.
  • Applicants can also access the application template via the link below
  • Applicants are expected to send the completed application template, on or before January 31, 2024.
  • Submitted applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first serve basis, hence early submission of proposals is crucial.
  • For more details on requirements and a full application guide, please access the Request for Proposals document by clicking on these links:
  • Request for Proposals 
  • Application Template 
  • Budget template

For more details, visit the USADF website

Application Deadline

January 31, 2024.



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