Apply for USADF-All On Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge


Deadline: 15 March 2019

United States African Development Foundation (USADF) and All On are seeking proposals for the innovative off-grid solutions to “power up” underserved areas of Nigeria.

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Projects are to be focused on increasing sustainable energy access – specifically off-grid solutions – extending the delivery of electrification to un-served and underserved communities in Nigeria. The type of clean energy technologies to be proposed may include, but are not limited to, solar, hydro, wind, biomass, biogas, gas, and hybrid systems.

Funding Information

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  • Proposals of up to US$100,000 in 50/50 blended grant/ debt or equity per award will be considered and approximately ten awards are anticipated.
  • Winning applicants will receive:
    • An investment in the form of a convertible loan at an affordable interest rate and/or an equity investment
    • Seed capital in the form of grant funds
    • Access to intensive local technical assistance and governance support

Eligibility Criteria

  • USADF and All On will consider proposals from 100% African-owned and majority Nigerian-owned and Nigerian-managed companies. Passports or other government-issued IDs of owners and senior managers must be submitted with the applications. The companies applying must be for-profit enterprises and must not be government-owned or operated in any way. Applicants may be developers of their own technology and/or may be acquiring and implementing technology developed elsewhere. Applicants need to be legally registered in Nigeria and demonstrate the capacity to track and manage the project resources and operate in good standing with the local governments in which they operate.
  • Winning proposals must:
    • Further develop, scale up or extend use of proven technologies for off–grid energy in Nigeria.
    • Benefit marginalized, or low income rural or urban populations currently underserved by utility companies, ideally with a focus on benefits to women and girls and operating in the Niger Delta.
    • Demonstrate financial sustainability or the potential for financial sustainability. Theproposed investment period must include approximately three months of generation of electricity (or generation of energy) and revenue/cash flow from sales.
    • Demonstrate a proven track record of experience or have project sponsors or partners with a proven track record of related experience.
    • Propose a budget of no more than US$100,000. Proposals with budgets greater than US$100,000 must bring leveraged resources from one or more sources that meet the total financing requirements. Leveraged funds from other private sector and donor sources are encouraged.
    • Demonstrate clearly whether and how many new connections will be added , as well as potential for future replication.
    • Applications for projects/ businesses leveraging wind, hydro, biomass, and gas as the energy source are greatly encouraged.
  • Applications will only be considered if:
    • They are 100% African-owned and passports showing citizenship are submitted;
    • All shareholders, members of the board and senior management must be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country and must reside in Nigeria;
    • They are majority Nigerian-owned and -managed (senior managers);
    • They express clearly how they will benefit marginalized, grassroots people in Nigeria, including also ideally showing demonstrable positive impacts for female beneficiaries and people living in the Niger Delta;
    • They express clearly how they will achieve profitability;
    • They are fully and legally registered in Nigeria and the registration is submitted;
    • They document adequate expertise in the field they are proposing or document how they will acquire the necessary expertise;
    • They plainly document how they will we use the USADF/All On investment funds to carry out their concept.

How to Apply

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The completed proposal template along with the required documentation should be submitted via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://www.usadf.gov/off-grid

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