17th Open Call for Proposals


Funding Innovation – Making a Difference

The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) provides a range of financial and technical instruments to support projects proposed by enterprises, cooperatives and institutions along the entire commodity value chain in its member countries. These activities cover all segments of the value chain (including production, processing, financing, marketing etc.). This includes services and support functions, that help all participants in the process of value generation to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of its poorest participants at the bottom of the pyramid.
The support is offered mainly through loans to finance equipment, working capital or trade finance needs. The CFC seeks applications of projects that have reached a state of economic, social and environmental sustainability. These applications should clearly show operational and financial viability, with a proven track record. Women entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply.
Project proposals incorporating innovative solutions for the commodity sector (e.g. new agritech applications, increase availability of renewable and affordable energy, expanding environmental services) are especially expected to be submitted.


The CFC is sentient to the particular vulnerabilities of the smallholders of the agricultural value chains in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. Problems facing vulnerable people in commodity value remain the focus of the CFC and the CFC is concerned that the economic livelihoods of smallholders are likely to be affected by the pandemic in multiple ways.
To ensure best level of support to its target groups, the CFC project cycle is running without interruption, and all proposals are considered on schedule as indicated in the Call. The CFC is developing additional instruments of support to ensure that qualifying SMEs can maintain their operations despite the disruption caused by the pandemic.

All interested parties are kindly invited to submit qualifying proposals no later than 15 October 2020.
For full details, please download the call for proposals and submission guidelines:

• Call for Proposals (PDF)

• Application form (PDF and Word)

• Instructions for completing the application form (PDF)

• Balance Sheet and Income Statement (Excel)

For any questions related to the Open Call, please contact: