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MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates)...Call for Applications to MEDA’s Innovation Grant Program (EIGP)

Call for Applications to MEDA’s Innovation Grant Program (EIGP)


MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) is an organization dedicated to creating business solutions to poverty. MEDA’s Global Affairs Canada-funded Ethiopians Motivating Enterprises Rise in Trade & Agri-Business (EMERTA) project is being implementedfor six (6) years, from 2016 to 2022, with the objective of contributing to increased income and employment opportunities for 16,000 entrepreneurs and 275 MSMEs. Focusing on three sectors—rice, vegetables and gemstones—the project employs various strategies to maximize the growth and profit potential of producers and businesses in these sectors with the goal of supporting the Amhara Region, particularly its women, to contribute to Ethiopia’s economic growth. One approach that MEDA employs to achieve this objective is to promote a grant program-known as EIGP-to support small businesses in the region. In almost all cases, MEDA expects that applicants will match their grant requests as an important part of their applications.  Match expectations are detailed further below.


The objective of these grants-in rice, vegetables and gemstones- is to spur innovations in business activities, value addition, aggregation, technology, gender outreach, and environmental improvements. These grants provide the economic incentives that companies need to invest in operations and/or products which are more innovative for clients, more gender appropriate, more environmentally sustainable, and/or reach more marginal (poor) clients.

Areas of Proposals

To access the EMERTA Innovation Grant (EIGP) opportunity, all applications should be directly related to the three sectors (rice, vegetables and gemstones).  Possible proposals include:


•          Technology upgrading (procurement of equipment for processing, grading, moisture testing, row making and planting, drying, parboiling, packaging, harvesting, storage)

•          Production &/or distribution of  improved seeds

•          Conversion of by-products (husks) to energy sources

•          Private seed multiplication and marketing

•          Development of packaging/labeling

•          Introduction of new business models

•          Information dissemination

•          Marketing /Advertising

•          Rice promotional events, participation in trade fairs

•          Advocacy, registration, certification for business associations


•          Equipmentand technology for vegetable processing (for example, procurement of processing machines for value addition of tomato and onion, vegetable harvesting and drying, tomato staking, etc.)

•          Private seed multiplication for vegetables

•          Warehouse construction for vegetable storage

•          Simple harvesting and transporting machines for vegetables

•          Cost effective and simple post-harvest handling technologies for vegetables

•          Supply of inputs (Improved, hybrid vegetable seeds, bio fertilizers, irrigation technologies, etc.

•          Introducing of organic pesticides

•          Supplying affordable plastic sheets for rain fed vegetable production

•          Participation in trade fairs

•          Marketing /advertising, creating market linkages for vegetable producers /innovative ideas on vegetable marketing

•          Business plan development for MSMEs 

•          Advocacy, registration, certification of business associations


•          Technology and equipment upgrading (procurement of lapidary machines and equipment, jewelry making machines and tools, gemstones storage machines)

•          Production &/or distribution of lapidary and jewelry machines and equipment

•          Expansion of lapidary business

•          Establishing gemstone jewelry for local and tourist market

•          Gemstones business promotion and accessing export markets

•          Introduction of new business models in the gemstone industry

•          Involvement in market information and dissemination

•          Participation in international trade fairs/bazaars and market linkage forums, experience sharing and exposure visits

•          Marketing /Advertising

•          Advocacy, registration, certification that could benefit business associations

What EIGP will Not Fund? 

Proposals on business ideas and models that do not address the objectives of the program will not be funded. Initiatives and costs not covered under the EIGP include:

•          Proposals that cannot demonstrate impact and sustainability

•          Proposals that do not support the continuation of the business beyond the life of the EMERTA project

•          Administrative costs:  EIGP will not cover routine, ongoing business operations such as:

          Purchase of office equipment and supplies not directly related to the proposed activity

          Working capital expenses

          Loan repayments and similar expenses

          Proposals that have adverse environmental or gender effects

          Applications over Canadian $100,000 in value or under $500 will not be considered. 

          Applicants with links to known terrorist organizations or funding for such organizations.

Application requirements and necessary documents:

•          Business license

•          Registration from relevant regulatory organizations, TIN number

•          Demonstrated 1-2 years (depends on the nature of the project) of successful business operation as evidenced by sustained sales and profitability except for start-up businesses with strong evidence of success potential.

•          The applicant should demonstrate briefly how the proposed project will bring benefit to the people of the project area.

•          In most cases, applicants are expected to contribute 20-50% of the total value of the project as a matching fund.

•          The proposal should clearly indicate how women can benefit from the project

•          The proposed project should be environmentally friendly

•          Project proposals should be prepared andsubmitted with the following standard templates:

1.        Concept Notes

2.        Detail implementation Plan

3.        Project Budget Estimate

•          The template for the above 3 documents will be shared when requested [email protected] [email protected]

We will accept expressions of interest until December 30th, 2018.  All submissions should be sent by email to [email protected]  Applicants can submit their concept note, detail implementation plan and project budget estimate and other supporting documents to MEDA office at Addis Ababa, Kirkos Sub City, Woreda 02, house number 324/33 in person or can contact us through Tel: +251114705902/+251114706039/+251114705945.  Applicants may also submit in person to MEDA Bahir Dar office located at Kebele 13 or behind Bureau of Education. MEDA is willing to answer any questions of the applicants regarding this call for proposal prior to the submission deadline.  You may contact Kassaw Woldie, Grants Specialist, through +2515832006489 or through his email [email protected];