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Call for applications

Grant funding to SMMEs/cooperatives/Business Support Organisations in South and Southern Africa in the value chain of indigenous plants

Submission deadline: 31st October 2018 (more details below)

The project “Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) Compliant Biotrade in South(ern) Africa” (ABioSA) is funded by the Opens external link in new windowSwiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative under the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammen­arbeit (GIZ) GmbH in partnership with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, to provide technical and financial support to small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs)/cooperatives/business support organisations in the biotrade sector.

The project aims to build a high-growth innovative biotrade sector that complies with international and domestic ABS regulations, creates jobs and contributes to productive, sustainable use of the plant biodiversity in South Africa and the region (localisation of value-addition). The awarded grants of the ABioSA Innovation Fund should result in grantees meeting these objectives, including growth in their turnover and an increase in sustainable practices. These objectives respond to the South African and regional Governments’ objectives of job creation, rural development, poverty alleviation and the development of the biotrade sector.

The current call for grant application is targeted at SMMEs and cooperatives in Southern Africa (70% South Africa, 30% other Southern African countries) with already existing capacities and skills who are either already ABS compliant or on target to become ABS compliant within the project lifetime (i.e. by June 2021). The call is also open to sector organisations (BSOs) such as associations, councils, incubators and laboratories servicing ABS compliant SMMEs in the sector or SMMEs in the process of becoming ABS compliant. These BSOs must be able to prove that the grant allocated to them will have a wide-scale impact on their membership.

Application forms and requirements are available for downloading until 19th October 2018 at

The completed forms must be submitted to the GIZ Office Pretoria in hard copy by 31st October 2018.

Please quote reference #83302555 when submitting the documentation.