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USADF-All On 2022 Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge (up to $100,000)

Applications are invited for the USADF-All On Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge 2022. The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) and All On are excited to request proposals for eligible Nigerian off-grid energy companies for the USADF-All On 2022 Off-Grid Energy Challenge.

The Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge is a joint initiative of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) and All On and is designed to achieve the following results:

  • To increase electrical generation to unserved and underserved communities through sustainable business model solutions;
  • To expand electricity access – delivered through off-grid solutions such as home systems or micro-grids;
  • To increase access to electricity for productive and/or household use while this may include power to meet household consumer needs, emphasis is also given to the delivery of power to productive or commercial activities including agricultural production and processing, commercial enterprises, and others.

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About United States African Development Fund (USADF)

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. Over the last five years, throughout Africa, with an emphasis on the Horn, Sahel and Great Lakes regions, USADF has invested more than $115 million dollars directly into over 1,000 Af... read more


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USADF-All On Off-Grid Energy Challenge


Aim and Benefits of USADF-All On Off-Grid Energy Challenge

  • Proposals of up to US$100,000 in 50/50 blended financing (grant/ debt or equity) per award will be considered, with a maximum of ten (10) awards anticipated.

Requirements for USADF-All On Off-Grid Energy Challenge Qualification

  • 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 all owners and senior managers must be submitted with the applications. If the applying company is owned wholly or in part by another company, passports or other government-issues IDs of its owners must also be provided.
  • The applying companies 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.
  • Demonstrate financial sustainability or the potential for financial sustainability. The proposed 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 other 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. A “new connection” is defined as new mini-grid connection or home system installed.
  • Applications for projects/ businesses leveraging wind, hydro, biomass, and gas as the energy source are greatly encouraged.
  • Productive use applications in the agriculture and agri-business sector are highly encouraged.
  • Women-owned or -managed business is a plus.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for USADF-All On Off-Grid Energy Challenge

Applications will be accepted from February 21, 2022 to March 18, 2022.

Proposals received after the closing date will not be accepted. Applications are on a first come, first served basis, so it is advised that applications are submitted well ahead of the window close. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of judges with expertise in the field. Shortlisted applications will be contacted in April to begin the Phase II application process. Those that scale through the Phase II process will be contacted in April and May for due diligence purposes and for clarification of project concept and details. Applications that are not shortlisted will not be contacted.

Winners are expected to be announced by December 2022.


Documents Required for Application

Applicant Background Information

  • Name and ownership details. Passport verification of citizenship.
  • Business Certificate of Incorporation
  • Certified Copies of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Forms 2 and 7
  • Certificate of Occupancy for Business Address
  • Tax Clearance Certificate
  • Applicant history, legal address and contact information


Application Deadline

March 18, 2022


How to Apply

All applicants are required to use the linked business proposal template. The completed proposal template along with the required documentation should be submitted by email on or before March 18, 2022, to the following email address: [email protected] Proposals will only be accepted at the above email address.

General inquiries can be directed to [email protected] and will not be accepted at other email addresses.

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