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Call for Proposals

19th Call for Proposals

Funding innovation - Making a difference

The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is seeking applications for financing projects along the commodity value chains following sustainability roadmap. CFC provides a range of financial and technical instruments to support projects proposed by SMEs/enterprises, cooperatives, and institutions along the entire commodity value chain in its member countries.

Quality project proposals from LDCs (Least Developed Countries), LLDCs (Landlocked Developing Countries) and SIDs (Small Island Developing States) are preferred to alleviate more people from poverty.

With poverty alleviation as our mission, CFC endeavors to “walk back” the value chain where poverty is more entrenched and as such support business activities covering all segments of the value chain (including production, processing, financing, marketing, research etc.). Our goal is to make innovative changes in the value chain that will provide more income for 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 for equipment, working capital or trade finance to invest in productivity and value chain upgradations. 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 especially encouraged to apply.

Project proposals incorporating innovative solutions for the commodity sector (e.g. new agritech applications, agroforestry, agro-ecology themed innovative productivity practices,  regenerative technologies, increase availability of renewable and affordable energy, expanding environmental services, expediting digital and green recovery, adding to the nutrition security, climate friendly practices contributing to biodiversity, saving deforestation, digitalization, blockchain and other traceability solutions etc ) are especially encouraged to apply.
 
Please read our application template with care and submit when you think you fulfill those criteria in line with CFC’s mission and vision. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any query at opencall@common-fund.org .
 
COVID-19 Update and Open Call for Proposals

The CFC is sentient to the vulnerabilities of the smallholders along the agricultural value chains in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. Problems facing vulnerable people in commodity value chain and their green recovery remain the focus of the CFC.  It remains a matter of concern that the economic livelihoods of smallholders/SMEs have been affected by the pandemic in multiple ways.

To ensure best level of support to its target groups and thereby to begin the process of digital and green recovery, the CFC project cycle is running without interruption, and all proposals are considered as per schedule as indicated in the Call.

All interested SMEs/enterprises/ cooperatives/governments are kindly invited to submit qualifying proposals no later than 15 October 2021.

Considering the urgency of recovery, CFC welcomes more projects from governments to make it fast and cheaper for the people in the margin.

For full details, please download the call for proposals and submission guidelines:

  • Call for Proposals (Pdf)
  • Application form (Pdf and Word)
  • Instruction for completing the application form (Pdf)
  • Balance Sheet and Income Statement (Excel)
Please visit our website for announcements of schedules of webinars to answer your questions on this OPEN CALL. In the meantime, for any questions related to the Open Call, please don’t hesitate to contact: opencall@common-fund.org .

Frequently Asked Questions

Application forms may be submitted in English only.

Yes, if the country where your project will operate is a Member State* of the CFC, you are eligible to apply for the proposal to be implemented within a Member State. 

Yes, provided that all activities financed by the CFC must be implemented in a Member State of the CFC.

The CFC does not finance start-up companies. Eligible proposals must demonstrate a track record of at least 3 years (addressing substantive as well as financial issues). 

The goal of the CFC is to advance development in commodity dependent developing countries. Research, humanitarian, educational, medical issues are, however, outside the scope of the CFC’s mandate

The CFC funds projects under loan and other debt instruments. The maximum amount is USD 2 million (or EUR equivalent) for regular projects, and up to USD 120,000 under the Fast Track procedure. 

This will be determined depending on the type of project and the risk attached to it. The interest rate will also depend on Government sovereign rates, and usually falls between 5% to 10%.

The CFC will only contact proponents of proposals that are deemed suitable for further consideration by the Consultative Committee. If you not have heard from us two weeks after the dates of Consultative Committee meeting, the proposal was not recommended for follow-up.