The Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

African Development Foundation

African dev Fnd2Grants for operation and expansion of African enterprises in agriculture, energy, natural resources, and other sectors

Principal Office: USA


The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) was established as an independent U.S. public corporation to promote economic and social development in Africa, with an emphasis on assistance for marginalized groups.

USADF makes grants for technical assistance and capacity building to grassroots organizations, cooperatives, and community enterprises that strengthen local institutions for lasting impact.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

1.  Power Africa.  Power Africa aims to  increase electricity production and access for under-served communities. The program considers both on-grid and off-grid solutions, and it works with both the public and private sectors.

About the program


2. YALI Entrepreneurs.  The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a grant-making program to assist young entrepreneurs (ages 18-35) build businesses that tackle social and economic challenges in their communities.  The program works across sectors including agribusiness and others. 

About the program


3. Other grants.   USADF makes grants between US$50 thousand and US$250 thousand to agricultural cooperatives, groups of small-scale producers, community-based organizations, and intermediary organizations in Africa.  USADF does not provide funding to government agencies, political parties, or organizations that are not based in Africa.

APPLICATION (for 1-2-3 preceding):   The programs Power Africa and YALI Entrepreneurs announce calls for proposals.  Each call provides criteria and guidelines for applications, and a deadline for submissions.

Applications for other grants are submitted at any time, in either English or French.  The applications are sent to USADF’s country coordinators.

About the programs, and how to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

Sub-Saharan Africa:  Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) offer an overview of the Foundation and its programs.

USADF’s country priorities change from time to time, and grant seekers should periodically monitor its website for newly eligible countries.

Last Profile Review

 December 2016