African Development Foundation
African Development Foundation At A Glance
The African Development Foundation is an independent U.S. government agency that provides grants to community groups and small enterprises that benefit under served and marginalized groups in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is an agency within the United States government that provides grants of up to $250,000 to community groups and small enterprises that benefit under served and marginalized groups in Sub-Saharan Africa. Created by the African Development Foundation Act in 1980, the USADF receives annual appropriations from the U.S. Congress to “support African-led development that grows community enterprises by providing seed capital and technical support.” Operating in 21 Sub-Saharan countries and targeting preexisting cooperatives, farmer associations, community groups, enterprises or businesses, the foundation provides Enterprise Expansion Grants (up to 5 years, $250,000) to implement expansion plans; Operational Assistance Grants (up to 2 years, $100,000) that offer funding for technical, managerial or organizational improvements; and Capacity Building grants for organizations that deliver technical, organizational or managerial services to businesses and organizations who receive funding from USADF. It supports participatory development in marginalized communities with an emphasis on long-term social and economic results while promoting African-led and managed field project support. While the majority of its funding is derived from the U.S. federal government, it has also established ties with African governments and the private sector to leverage its resources.