Donor: Rainforest Alliance’s Africa Cocoa Fund (ACF)
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 07.07.2021

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 30.000$
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 150.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Economic Development
  • Environment & Natural Resources

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria


1) Objective

The Rainforest Alliance’s Africa Cocoa Fund (ACF) is a three-year, $5 million fund to support cocoa farmers and help preserve the local landscapes in West and Central Africa. It aims to create measurable, long-lasting positive impact by building the capacity of those certified cocoa farmers who most need assistance to implement our certification standards for sustainable agriculture. The ACF will also support select sustainability projects for cocoa farmers and their landscapes beyond our certification requirements, to achieve further positive impact.

  • A1. Addressing child labor: implementing CLMRS, Assess & Address, Remediation actions, and gender & youth inclusion
  • A2. Geodata – location points and polygon collection: collecting location points and polygons to enable compliance with the High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, forest protection and protected area criteria of the standard
  • A3. Digitization of IMS and traceability system: creating and maintaining records in digital format to increase trustworthiness and reliability of records, developing capacity for data analysis to enhance performance of the group, enabling groups to overcome quality and business challenges by making decisions backed by data and with cross-functional visibility.
  • B1. Income diversification
  • B2. Skill development: coaching and negotiations, local advocacy, Internal Management System (IMS) and personal development
  • B3. Landscape level issues: linking certification to landscape and communities including contribution of tree ownership to increased use of shade trees
  • B4. Data-driven innovative solutions and scale up of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), soil health and other climate-smart strategies
  • B5. Living income: proof of concept about paying living income to farmers

2) Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to members or certificate holders or smallholder producer groups with limited technical assistance support through supply chain partners or other channels.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria.

4) Budget

One producer group or cooperative can receive a grant of US$30,000-150,000 for a project. This amount includes the payment for the services of implementing partners and consultants.

5) Application

The deadline for the submission of applications is July 7th 2021.

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