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
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 financing (grant/ debt or equity) per award will be considered,
with a maximum of ten (10) awards anticipated.
To be considered for the Challenge, applicants must be 100% African-owned, majority
Nigerian-owned and -managed private companies registered in Nigeria and must be
operating in Nigeria.
Projects are to be focused on increasing sustainable energy access, specifically off-grid solutions, and extending
the delivery of electrification to unserved and underserved communities in Nigeria. The type of clean energy
technologies to be proposed may include, but are not limited to, solar, hydro, wind, biomass, biogas, gas, and
hybrid systems. Productive use applications in the agriculture and agri-business sector are highly encouraged.
Benefits of the Program
Winning applicants will receive:
- An investment from All On in the form of a convertible loan at an affordable interest rate and/or an
- Seed capital from All On in the form of grants, and from USADF in the form of Community Reinvestment
Grant (CRG) funds. The CRG intends for grant recipients to recommit a percentage of grant funding to
a local organization to further support community-level projects in Nigeria
- Access to intensive local technical assistance and governance support
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.
Applications will only be considered if:
- They are 100% African-owned and passports or other government-issued IDs showing citizenship are
o All shareholders, members of the board and senior management must be citizens of a subSaharan African country and a majority must reside in Nigeria;
- They are majority Nigerian-owned and -managed (senior managers);
- They express clearly how they will benefit marginalized, grassroots people in Nigeria, including also
ideally showing demonstrable positive impacts for female beneficiaries;
- They express clearly how they will achieve profitability;
- They are fully and legally registered in Nigeria and the registration is submitted;
- They document adequate expertise in the field they are proposing or document how they will acquire
the necessary expertise;
- They plainly document how they will we use the USADF/All On investment funds to carry out their
Program Deadline is 18th March 2022
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