Micro- and small grants

Support to farmers and small enterprises

This matching grant fund is aimed at smallholder farmers and small enterprises involved in agricultural businesses, as well as for small cooperative investments. This can include small-scale irrigation development, farm processing equipment and mechanized field services, innovations to introduce climate smart methodologies and technologies, post-harvest crop handling, human resource management, capacity building in farming, food processing, cooperatives etc.

Purpose of the grant fund: Provide value chain actors with access to finance and financial services and to strengthen the sustainability of their enterprises.

Eligible applicants: Smallholder farmers, farmers’ groups, cooperatives and agricultural microenterprises and private entrepreneurs in North Achefer, South Achefer, North Mecha, South Mecha, Bahir Dar Zuria, Dera, Fogera and Libo Kemkem woredas, and engaged in value chains supported by AgroBIG. Female applicants, women and youth groups and cooperatives with at least 50% female members are given priority.

Own contribution: 15% (can be provided in kind)

Maximum grant size: 150,000 ETB


The grant fund has a two-phase application process; first a concept note, and if it is approved, a full proposal. Applications for grant funding are invited through a series of Calls for Proposals that will be communicated to potential applicants through the AgroBIG PSU, this website, and advertised in the regional newspaper “Bekur”.

The concept notes and full proposals shall be submitted to the archive section of the Finance and Economic Cooperation office of the district in which most of the proposed projects’ activities will take place.

Applications are evaluated by Woreda Technical Committee (WTC), recommended by Woreda Steering Committee (WSC), and awarding decided by BoFEC.

Women and youth in particular are encouraged to apply!

Remember to regularly check the AgroBIG website for more details and when funding opportunities are open! Browse our grant guidelines below for more information.

Learn more about the Micro- and small-size Grant Fund here: