Apply Now: USADF-All on Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge ($100,000)

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Deadline: March 1, 2018
The Off-Grid Energy Challenge is led by the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) to develop, scale-up or extend the use of proven technologies for off-grid energy to reach communities not served by existing power grids. Through the Challenge, USADF and its partners, including All OnGeneral Electric (GE), and Power Africa support energy entrepreneurs in 9 countries across the continent, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. To date, USADF has funded over 75 African energy entrepreneurs, totaling an investment of $7 million in off-grid energy solutions.
The Off-Grid Energy Challenge awards grants of up to $100,000 each to African enterprises providing off-grid solutions that deploy renewable resources and power local economic activities.  Challenge winners will have near-term solutions to power the needs of productive and commercial activities, including agriculture production and processing, off-farm businesses, and commercial enterprises.
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.
The Off-Grid Energy Challenge is a key element of the Beyond the Grid sub-initiative of Power Africa, a U.S.Government-led partnership launched in 2013 to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030 by increasing installed power capacity by 30,000 MW, and creating 60 million new connections. Of these targeted 60 million new connections, as many as 25-30 million are expected to be added through off-grid solutions.
USADF and All On are excited to request proposals for the USADF-All On Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge. 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.
To be considered for the Challenge, applicants must be 100% African-owned, majority Nigerianowned and -managed private companies registered in Nigeria, and must be operating in Nigeria.
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 1, 2018, to the following email address: OffGridChallengeNigeria@usadf.gov.
Proposals will only be accepted at the above email address.
General inquiries can be directed to OffGridChallengeNigeria@usadf.gov and will not be accepted at other email addresses.
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