Home to the United States African Development Foundation, ADF.gov offers information about this government agency whose motto is, “Fostering hope, growth and goodwill in Africa.” ADF programs include Enterprise Expansion Grants, Operational Assistance Grants, and Capacity Building. These programs focus on supporting community projects and businesses in order to create more employment opportunities for the areas which are serviced by the grants. Grants from ADF may be of amounts up to $250,000 and may last as long as 5 years. According to ADF.gov, the organization funded more than $17 million for 200 projects in 20 African countries in 2010 with an additional $4.8 million to fund partner organization.
The ADF.gov website offers information on how to apply for ADF funding including the types of groups they fund. Funding is broken down into sections for the following groups: Agricultural Cooperative and Small-Scale Producer Groups, Community-Based Organization (CBOs), African Intermediary Organizations (AIOs), and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). ADF does not offer funding to political parties, government agencies or entities which are not based in Africa. They also do not offer scholarships or funding to individuals. Application for ADF funding is free. Both Word and PDF versions of the grant application are available directly on ADF.gov. The ADF Grant Application is available in both English and French.
Currently, the USADF operate in 21 countries in Africa, including Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Swaziland, Uganda, Zimbabwe and 9 others. ADF work to reach under-served and marginalized agricultural coops, small enterprises, and community groups. According to ADF.gov, they cannot currently offer funding to projects based in African countries other than the 21 they already cover.
ADF may be contacted via the US phone number or mailing address provided on ADF.gov as well as by the email address provided on the website.