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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

20th Call for Proposals

Impact finance for global value chain to support SMEs in the commodity sector

20th Open Call for Proposals in support of commodity development activities is now closed.

20th Call for Proposals was closed on 15 April 2022.

All information relating to the submission process in this Call for Proposals, i.e., application form and instructions for completing the same, is still accessible but we are not longer able to accept new proposals now.

However, the 21st Call for Proposals shall be announced soon.

OUR MISSION

To contribute to poverty alleviation by strengthening the income-generating capacity of commodity producers and mitigating vulnerability to their economic well being.

OUR VISION

To strengthen and diversify the commodity sector in developing countries and transform it to be a major contributor to poverty alleviation and sustained economic growth and development.

Please note that Application form and Balance Sheet/Income Statement

may be submitted in English only.

For full details, please download the call for proposals and submission guidelines:

  • Application form (PDF and Word)
  • Balance Sheet and Income Statement (Excel)

Application form and Balance Sheet/Income Statement in other languages please see below:

عربى

(PDF)

中文 (PDF)

Français (PDF)

Русский (PDF)

Español (PDF)

استمارة التقديم

请表

Formulaire de demande

Форма заявки

Formulario de solicitud

الميزانية العمومية وبيان الدخل

资产负债表和损益表

Bilan et compte de résultat

баланс и отчет о прибылях и убытках

Balance y cuenta de resultados

OPENCALL WEBINAR SCHEDULE 2022

20th Call for Proposals

Monday, 24 January 2022, 15:00 - 16:00 CET
 

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 CET

 

 

21st Call for Proposals

Monday, 23 May 2022, 15:00 - 16:00 CET
Register here

Thursday, 28 September 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 CET
Register here

COVID-19 UPDATE 

The CFC is concerned that smallholders along the agricultural value chains face extreme hardship due to COVID-19 pandemic. Problems facing vulnerable people who depend on commodities remain the focus of the CFC. The CFC understands that the economic livelihoods of smallholders/SMEs have been affected by the pandemic in multiple ways and that greater degree of support may be required to promote a successful recovery. Considering the urgency of recovery, CFC welcomes more projects from governments to make it fast and cheaper for the people in the margin.

Webinar Videos

Webinar 20th Call for Proposals, 31 March 2022

Webinar 20th Call for Proposals, 24 January 2022

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Application forms may be submitted in English only.

Yes, if the country where your project will operate is a Member State* of the CFC, you are eligible to apply for the proposal to be implemented within a Member State. 

* https://common-fund.org/about-us/member-states

Yes, provided that all activities financed by the CFC are implemented in a Member State of the CFC.

The CFC does not finance start-up companies.

Eligible proposals must demonstrate a track record of at least 3 years (addressing substantive as well as financial issues). 

The existence of a credible historical period of operations (documented by audited financial statements) is important.

The goal of the CFC is to advance development in commodity-dependent developing countries.

Matters covered by other international organisations, such as research, humanitarian aid, educational, medical issues fall outside the CFC’s mandate.

SDGs: Sustainable Development Goals (UN).

For further information, please refer to the website of the UN https://sdgs.un.org

IRR%: Internal Rate of Return

The CFC funds projects with loan and other debt instruments.

The maximum amount is USD 1.5 million for regular projects, and up to USD 300,000 under the Fast-Track procedure.

However, we show some flexibility when we have projects with higher impacts and good case of finance.

This will be determined depending on the type of project and the risk attached to it.

The interest rate will also depend on Government sovereign rates, and usually falls between 5% to 10%.

For certain projects with the appropriate risk profile, the CFC can offer a grace period on its loans, not exceeding 2 years.

The CFC will only contact proponents of proposals that are deemed suitable for further consideration by the Consultative Committee.

If you have not heard from us two weeks after the dates of Consultative Committee meeting, the proposal was not recommended for follow-up.

Please provide a summary of impact indicators consistently with the impact projections in the Excel template attached with the application.

Section 8.1 lists the documents required by the CFC. An application form without these documents will be incomplete.

Section 8.2 lists the documents which are desirable but can be omitted at the application stage.