Application Deadline: July 17, 2020.
Call For Application – Mercy Corps Nigeria Grant 2020
The Rural Resilience Activity (RRA) is a Feed the Future initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Mercy Corps is the prime implementer and is in partnership with Save the Children International (SCI) and International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). The goal of the Rural Resilience Activity is to ‘facilitate and protect economic recovery and growth in vulnerable, conflict-affected areas and sustainably move people out of chronic vulnerability and poverty via expanded opportunities’.
This goal will be achieved through the following four major components:
- Provide up-to-date evidence for the selection of market systems, livelihoods, and employment opportunities that contribute to inclusive and resilient growth and improved nutrition.
- Stimulate market systems growth and diverse economic opportunities (Pull activities).
- Build capacity to take advantage of market systems opportunities (Push activities).
- Sequencing, layering, integrating (SLI), and collaborative learning to improve activity effectiveness, sustainability, and scale.
Who can Apply
For this Call for Applications, RRA is interested in partnering with:
- Private Sector Companies
- Foreign Organizations (referred to as non-U.S. NGOs): either nonprofit or for-profit organizations that meet the definition in 2 CFR 200.47 can apply as part of a consortium. However, the lead applicant must be legally registered in Nigeria.
- Non-profit Organizations: Organizations that meet the definition of 2 CFR 200.70.
- Social enterprises
- For-Profit Organizations
Government entities are not eligible to apply.
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The award will be directly managed by the Rural Resilience Activity with USAID support. The intention of this solicitation is to identify for-profit, private sector partnerships and enter into a business metric-based milestone agreement that includes interventions that fit the evaluation criteria set forth in Section 9 below. The number of partnerships available will be determined based on interest, funding available, and quality of proposals. The proposed projects are anticipated to begin in September 2020 and end on or before August 31, 2022.
Subject to the availability of funds, Rural Resilience Activity plans to issue multiple awards under this call. The total value of each award from the Rural Resilience Activity for this solicitation is estimated to range from US$10,000 – US$500,000 with 10 to 20 partnerships anticipated. Proposals must make business sense for the partner and must clearly demonstrate a significant impact for smallholder farmers and MSMEs. As the amount of an award is subject to negotiation, a negotiated award amount may or may not fall within this range. Furthermore, the Rural Resilience Activity is not obligated to issue awards/an award up to the amount of funds available.
The application process consists of two phases. The Concept Note is the first phase of the application process. Applicants whose Concept Notes are accepted will then be invited to submit a Full Application, to be developed in close cooperation with the Rural Resilience Activity team.
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