Agriculture and Rural Empowerment (ARE) Activity - Call for Applications #001 - to receive support under the USAID/ARE Technical Assistance Facility Supporting the Growth of Lebanese Agrofood MSMEs- Mod002
About the USAID-Funded Agriculture and Rural Empowerment (ARE) Activity in Lebanon:
ARE is a multi-year activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (hereinafter “USAID”) and implemented by Chemonics. ARE has a period duration of four years with the potential to extend up to five years upon exercise of contract options by USAID. It is a private sector engagement activity, designed under the principles of flexibility and adaptation, to develop rural economics in Lebanon through support to the agro-food sector and other industries, at both firm and sector levels, to unlock local and export sales potential while also creating jobs and increasing farmers’ and worker’s incomes. ARE aims to increase jobs; improve incomes; improve female participation and employment opportunities; increase domestic and export sales; increase private sector investment; improve access to finance; link value chain actors to domestic and international markets; and improve farm production through improved practices, technology, increased volume, and/or decreased cost.
The USAID-funded Agriculture and Rural Empowerment (ARE) activity, implemented by Chemonics International, is seeking applications from Agriculture and Agrifood-related businesses (including farmers) interested in receiving Technical Assistance (TA) to Support the Growth of their MSME.
ARE intends to support at least 18 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with technical assistance services. The total amount is $150,000 for this intervention with maximum $8,100 or 90% of contribution for each award.
How to apply
ARE will hold a pre-application workshop on MS Teams starting on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 10AM to 11AM. This workshop will allow eligible and interested applicants the chance to ask questions about this call and receive guidance on how to complete the application form. Interested applicants must confirm their attendance by sending the participant’s name and the organization’s name to [email protected]. Up to two persons may attend from each organization. No reimbursement for costs of attendance will be met. Applicants may also submit questions to [email protected] prior to the virtual workshop. The deadline for confirming attendance of the pre-application workshop and submission of clarification questions is April 24, 2023.
Note: Additional pre-application workshops will be scheduled as needed during the course of this call.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed bi-monthly until the funds are exhausted. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applicants are allowed to submit once, and resubmissions will not be accepted.
The Applications and relative supporting documents specified in the Annexes should be submitted in electronic format ONLY to the following email address: [email protected] and should reference in the Subject Line: “Call for Application No.001”. ARE will continue to accept applications through 05:00PM local time, on November 1, 2023, or until funds are no longer available. Late or unresponsive applications will not be considered. ARE reserves the right to extend or curtail the application period at its own discretion.Expired