USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge

How to Apply USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge Grant 2024 (Up to $250,000)

How to Apply USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge Grant 2024 | Are you looking for financial to support for your company? USADF is excited to request proposals for the USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge. Proposals are invited from eligible African off-grid energy companies. Read through

The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) is an independent U.S. Government agency established by Congress to invest in African grassroots organizations, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises. USADF’s investments promote local economic development by increasing incomes, revenues and jobs and creating pathways to prosperity for marginalized populations and underserved communities.

USADF provides grants of up to $250,000 directly to underserved African enterprises and social entrepreneurs that are creating and sustaining jobs, improving income levels and achieving greater food security, energy access and employment opportunities for their communities. USADF-supported projects create pathways to prosperity for underserved communities in Africa

Recipients of USADF financial and technical assistance include:

  • Smallholder farmers
  • Youth
  • Women and girls
  • Nomadic and pastoralist populations
  • Ethnic and religious minorities
  • Persons living with disabilities

About the t Proposals

Projects are to be focused on increasing sustainable energy access, specifically off-grid solutions, and extending
the delivery of electrification to unserved and underserved communities in Africa. The type of clean energy
technologies to be proposed may include but are not limited to,solar power, hydropower, wind power, biomass,
biogas, gas, energy storage, and hybrid systems. Productive use applicationsin cross-sector areas like agriculture
and agri-business, healthcare, education, ICT, and other commercial and industrial activities are highly

Project categories that will be considered:

  • Agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Women-in-Energy:
  • Other Energy Nexus
  • Mini- and micro-grids:
  • Productive use:
  • Stand-alone and Home systems:
  • Innovations and Renewable Energy value chain:



  • Grant capital up to $250,000 from USADF
  • Access to intensive local technical assistance and governance support


  • USADF will consider proposals from African-owned and managed companies or organizations (including nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations)
  • Passports or other government-issued IDs of all owners and senior managers must be submitted with the applications.
  • If the applying entity is owned wholly or in part by another entity, passports or other government-issued IDs of its owners must also be provided.
  • The applying entity must not be government-owned, operated, or affiliated 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 Africa and demonstrate the capacity to track and manage the project resources and operate in good standing with the local governments where they operate


  • Name and Ownership details. Passport or Official Government Issued ID for Verification of Citizenship
    • Business Registration Certificate
    • Incorporation Documents, as applicable
    • Proof of Regulatory and/or Tax Compliance for the Business Address/Location or Property
    • Business Tax Clearance or Compliance Certificate
    • Applicant History, Legal Address and Contact Information

How to Apply USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge Grant 2024

All instructions to apply are included in the document labeled “RFP,” uploaded below. The application template for applicants to fill in is also uploaded below.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a first come, first-serve basis, so it is advised that applicants submit their proposals as soon as possible

For details on eligibility and full application instructions, please refer to the Request for Proposals document.

Apply Here

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2024

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