United States African Development Foundation

2011 Funding Support


The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) was created by the United States Congress with a unique mission to provide funds that promote community-based, self-help economic and development activities in Africa. USADF support focuses on community groups and small businesses that actively involve and benefit the marginalized and other underserved populations.

The United States African Development Foundation provides up to $250,000 in grants to community groups and small enterprises that benefit underserved and marginalized groups in Africa.  Marginalized groups are people that have significant needs that are not being currently addressed by existing governments programs, NGOs, or other international development efforts. USADF measures grant success in terms of jobs, increased incomes levels, and improved social conditions.  In Fiscal Year 2010, USADF funded over $17 million for 200 projects in 20 countries. An additional $4.8 million was used to fund African directed partner organizations that provide design and implementation support for USADF grantees.

USADF provides funding for the following types of groups:

The majority of USADF’s funding agreements range between $50,000 and $250,000.  USADF does not provide funding to government agencies, political parties, or organizations that are not based in Africa.  Please note, USADF does not provide funding or scholarships to individuals.

USADF currently operates in 21 African countries:

Please see below a letter from Peter Wilson, the Country Program Coordinator for USADF.


Dear All,

I am pleased to introduce to you the United States African Development Foundation (USADF), a United States Government Agency, working with marginalized and under-served communities in Liberia and other parts of Africa.

In Liberia, USADF currently works with a range of farmers cooperatives, and associations engaged in swamp rice, cassava, plantain, and irrigated vegetable production, processing and marketing in Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Gbarpolu, Montserrado, Bomi, Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties, providing funding for infrastructure, equipment, inputs, and training to increase production and increase farmer and small business owner revenues and incomes. We are also working with one institution to expand micro-credit availability in some of the counties mentioned above, as well as providing funding for training and expansion of several workshops that produce and repair agricultural equipment. Our current portfolio consists of 25 projects totaling US$2.9 million, and we plan to fund an additional $2 million in projects during FY2011, of which at least half will be in the agriculture sector, the remainder being targeted to coastal communities primarily in southeastern Liberia.

For this FY 2011 funding support, focus is being placed on agriculture cooperatives and small scale producer groups. This means organizations formed by a group of small-scale farmers, artisans, or producers to achieve some or all of the advantages of large-scale marketing and production.

We will also target community-based organizations, organizations made up of a group of people who come together to accomplish a common goal or a set of goals tailored to meet the development needs of their community, and registered enterprises that employs up to 100 workers, has good annual sales revenues, and has a business plan that impacts communities either directly within their enterprise or indirectly through supply-chain linkages.

The majority of USADF’s funding agreements range between $50,000 and $250,000. USADF does not provide funding to government agencies, political parties, or organizations that are not based in Africa. Please note that only organizations and groups owned and run by Liberians can access ADF’s funding here in Liberia. Your organization or group must have existed for not less than a year.

I will therefore like to encourage you to take advantage of our funding opportunity if you think your organization or group meets our funding criteria. Please see attached ADF’s Funding Application Form. You can also visit our website: www.usadf.gov for additional information.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if you need additional information on our funding priority, and feel free to share this information with groups or organizations that may qualify for our support.


Peter Wilson

Country Program Coordinator

United States African Development Foundation NIC Building, 12th & 13th Street, Sinkor Monrovia, Liberia Office Phone: 231-7-779-8423/7-779-8424 Personal Phone: 231-6-529-353/231-7-752-9353

Email: pwilson@usadf.gov


Link to ADF's Funding Application Form: Funding Application Form