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 Euro 17,000 (≈ USD 20,000).
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 Organizations, and Sub-Regional institutions to develop strategies and programmes, as well as mobilize financing, that can increase poor rural people's access to nutritious and healthy food". The IGF is to be used by Pacific agro-SMEs to "take the next steps" to grow their business and contribute, directly or indirectly, to the sustainable development of the agriculture and fishery sectors. The call for applications will close on 25 April 2018 at 16:00 (Fiji Time) for electronic submissions to email@example.com.
SMEs contributing, directly or indirectly, to the sustainable development of the agriculture & fishery sectors with a focus on the development and/or upgrading of nutritionally, culturally & environmentally sensitive local food crops & fisheries value chains in the seven target countries.
Priority will be given to SMEs who can demonstrate that the grant will be used to directly or indirectly benefit smallholder farmers, rural farming communities and disadvantaged groups, youth and women.
Interested parties are invited to read the guidelines with great attention and submit the requested documents before the deadline of 25 April 2018 at 16:00 (Fiji Time).
Due to reported issues with mailing and submission of hard copies of IGF applications to Fiji, the deadline for receipt of the hard copies is extended to 3 May 2018 at 16:00 (Fiji Time).
The electronic copy of all documents (PDF, Word and Excel format) must be scanned and sent to the following email address - firstname.lastname@example.org on /or before the deadline of 25 April 2018 at 16:00 (Fiji Time).
Hard copies of submissions can be hand delivered to the new address: PIPSO c/o Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Compound, Ratu Sukuna Road, Suva, Fiji. If there is a problem, please call: +679 7736303 and +679 7736300.
Hardcopy submissions by express or registered mail should be sent to the originally stated address: PIPSO, Level 1 Korobasaga House, 31 Gorrie Street, Suva, Fiji.
The completed application, originals and copies, must be received in hard-copy at PIPSO, Level 1 Korobasaga House, 31 Gorrie Street, Suva, Fiji and an electronic copy of all documents (PDF, Word and Excel format) must be scanned and sent to the following email address - email@example.com on /or before the deadline.