Request for Applications (RFA) For Cooperative Professionalization #IRG-RFA-17-01
PSDAG COOPERATIVE PROFESSIONALIZATIONGRANTS
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA) FOR COOPERATIVE PROFESSIONALIZATION #IRG-RFA-17-01
USAID Contract No AID-696-C-14-00002
Rwanda Private Sector Driven Agriculture Growth (PSDAG) is a 5-Year project funded by USAID Rwanda that started in August, 2014. The project is implemented by International Resources Group (IRG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Engility Corporation. The goal of PSDAG is to increase smallholder farmers’ incomes by promoting private sector investments that contribute to the Government of Rwanda’s (GoR’s) Vision 2020 aim of “transforming agriculture into a market-oriented, competitive, andHigh-value sector.”
There is high demand from buyers and processors for quality raw materials from smallholder farmers in maize, beans, Irish potatoes and horticulture. PSDAG has partnered with buyers who are investing in their supply chain but producers and cooperatives still lack the strong business skills and knowledge required to negotiate relationships with buyers and managing the quality at aggregation and marketing to maximize the value of their products.The Professionalization of Cooperative activity will work with cooperatives who are investing in upgrading their businesses to build their capacity and co-invest in these upgrades.
PSDAG seeks to build the capacity of cooperatives to deliver quality products under formal or informal buying arrangements with identified buyers. These buyers are mainly PSDAG partners who require a quality product and recognize that their cooperatives could improve productivity and quality management with some additional support. PSDAG will work with cooperatives identified by its partners based on their capacity and demonstrated commitment to the business partnership with the buyer. The goal is to improve the overall business performance of cooperatives and their members’ profitability.With the support of the professionalization grants, cooperatives will be able to fulfil commercial contracts and increase their income, increase access to financing and improve business decision making based on improved data and performance information.
Expected Results and Indicators of Performance
IRG expects grantees to track the following performance indicators with guidance from PSDAG.
- Farmer income
- Value of investment in new technologies
- Value of sales
- Number of beneficiaries with new market linkages
- Number of farmers who use improved technologies or management practices
- Number of individuals who have received USG supported short-term agricultural sector productivity or food security training.
- Number of members of producer organizations and community based organizations receiving USG assistance
- Number of MSMEs, including farmers, receiving USG assistance to access loans
- Value of Agricultural and Rural Loans
- Number of MSMEs receiving business development services from USG assisted sources
List of Capacity Building Effortsto be supported
The list of capacity-building effortsshall includes but not limited to the following:
Maize & Beans
- Submit a complete application with required documents according to instructions in the annex A of this RFA;
- Be legally registeredwith the Rwanda Cooperative Agency and submit proof of registration;
- Has current relationship with and recommended by buyer working with PSDAG program;
- Contribute 50% (in-kind or otherwise) toward the cost of any requested equipment value;
- Commitment of time and travel costs to participate in training and capacity building program.
The PSDAG in-kind grant will provide for professionalization services tailored to each participating cooperative. The grant will include equipment as an in-kind contribution; customized training package delivered by PSDAG; and will outline the grantee’s responsibilities with respect to active participation, data collection, and knowledge exchange after the conclusion of the growing season. In the application, the applicant should outline which services they have identified as a need, as well as provide a list of essential equipment, drawing from the Product Catalogue provided as Annex 3 to this document:
The grantee may request other equipment on a cost-share basis but must include technical specifications of requested equipment, provide the first payment instalment for all cost-share equipment to supplier, and share data with PSDAG on grant outcomes.
Grantees will be expected to provide, as part of their in-kind contribution, transportation for members to participate in regular capacity building trainings, meeting location space for trainings and exchange events, and active participation in data collection included as part of the professionalization activity, including any internet fees required for uploading information a database hosted online.
Applicants should submit the following documents as part of the Grant Application:
- Completed Grant Application Form (Annex 1)
- Completed Budget showing PSDAG and Applicant in-kind contributions (Annex 2)
- Proof of registration with RCA
IRG will host the first Applicant’s Conferences for interested applicants on December 20,2016, and on December 22, 2016 at the PSDAG office from 10am, Kigali time. Subsequent conferences may be held before March 30, 2017 and will be announced.
Applicants may submit questions to email@example.com by March 30, 2017.
Applicants can either attend the Applicant’s conferences or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline listed above.
Deadline for submission of all applications is March 30, 2017. Before that time, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, first come, first serve.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To submit applications there are three options:
- Grantees are encouraged to submit applications electronically to email@example.com
- Hard copies in sealed and signed envelopes may also be delivered to the PSDAG Grants Manager at the PSDAG office located at KG 684 Street, No. 19 in Kacyiru, Kigali Rwanda.
- Hard copies in sealed and signed envelopes may also be delivered to the PSDAG District Field Agents by the application deadline.
Shortlisted Applicants may be contacted to participate in an in-person interview to determine final suitability for a grant award.
All applications must be labelled with the subject line OR envelope clearly labelled APPLICATION FOR COOPERATIVE PROFESSIONALIZATION2016, RFA-IRG-17-01.