The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a Swiss-based foundation, launched in 2002 at a Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Children to tackle human suffering caused by malnutrition, is calling on women and youth-led agribusinesses, farmers associations and cooperatives to apply for its Microgrant Funding Opportunity. This second edition of the Microgrant is a funding opportunity for nutritious food businesses with food products from Vitamin A Maize, Vitamin A Cassava, and Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato, operating in Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Oyo states.
To qualify to apply, the founder of the business or association applying must be 18 years of age or over as of May 2023 and must reside in Nigeria. Applicants MUST operate in the following target groups:
- Food Processors
- Farmer’s Associations or Cooperative Societies
- Youth-led businesses and women-led businesses
Furthermore, the interested individual applicants must be operating businesses functioning in one of the value chains; Vitamin A Cassava, Vitamin A Maize, and Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato and must be registered with CAC for a minimum of one year, while group applicants must be registered with CAC for a minimum of three years.
GAIN Micro-Grant Funding aims to fund nutritious food businesses operating in the Vitamin A Cassava, Vitamin A Maize, Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato value chains in Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Oyo States with equity-free grants to scale their businesses and support the commercialisation of nutrient-enriched food products in Nigeria. The microgrant programme will provide equity-free grants of N3,000,000 (Three million naira) to 33 select businesses across the four project states.
Businesses that meet the highlighted criteria and who are presently functioning in one of the select local government areas of Kaduna, Nasarawa, Benue, and Oyo are qualified to apply for the GAIN Microgrant Funding.
Applicants are required to submit the following documents along with their application form:
- Business registration certificate
- Business plan or proposal
- Bank statement or financial statement
- Proof of address
- Passport photograph
- Valid ID card
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How to Apply
- Click on this link: Apply
- Complete the online application form
- Upload the required documents
- Submit your application
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The deadline for the submission of applications is November 12, 2023. Applicants are advised to apply early as late applications will not be accepted.
Scholarship Official website: GAIN Microgrant Funding for Nutritious Agribusinesses 2023