A consortium of eligible organisations may submit Applications, provided the basis and membership of the consortium is clearly identified.
Applicant organisations must:
1. Be registered as a business or association;
2. Have a bank account;
3. Have a written constitution, memorandum of understanding; and
4. Where an Applicant is a branch of a larger organisation, these requirements will apply both to the branch and to the larger organisation.
The Eligibility Criteria for screening of proposed projects will be used to determine to what extent the proposed projects are designed to achieve at least one of the first four SCF outputs indicated in Section Three above and may include opportunities to improve performance in categories such as :
· Product and/or process quality improvement;
· Technology transfer;
· Product development/diversification;
· Structural innovation along the SME’s value chain;
· Product standardisation;
· Quality assurance;
· Better packaging (eg, appearance, shelf life);
· Marketing strategies;
· Trade fair participation, matchmaking, and/or network creation;
· MIS or other technology utilization;
· International standard compliance and/or certifications; · Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
support may range from 50 percent to 95 percent of the eligible costs, graduated and segmented as indicated previously.
The size of the grants will range between TSH 10,000,000 (TSH ten millions) and TSH 100,000,000 (TSH one hundred millions) per activity. If the activity is rolled off a number of times, the grant total could reach a maximum of TSH 300,000,000 (TSH three hundred millions) per cluster or association.
There is no formal deadline for applications as they can be received throughout the year; however, as the Board will meet quarterly, financial commitments will be made four times a year. However, no applications will be received in the last two quarters of the Project to allow proper monitoring and end of project evaluation. The last batch of applications will, therefore, be received by SCF Management in December 2012.
The SCF Management may reject applications that for obvious reasons do not fulfil the eligibility criteria described in the annex. The Board will subsequently be informed about the rejection, and the applicant will in a Letter of Rejection be informed about the reason for the rejection. Such applicant may resubmit an improved application up to three times, after which that application will not be considered. The applicant may, however, apply for support in another area eligible under the SCF facility.
The SCF management will assess the eligible applications as per annexed criteria and forward all assessments with recommendations to SCF Board for approval or rejections.
The SCF Board will assess eligible applications on a competitive basis against the established criteria. Some aspects of the eligibility criteria are reemphasised below:
Will the Initiative make an Effective Contribution to the SCF Objectives?
- In making this assessment, preference will be given to initiatives from Food Processing and Food Marketing SMEs that will:
- Increase value addition and sales volume of food products aimed at “international” clients, both domestic and foreign;
- Achieve improved utilization of technology, applying it to products for “international” markets, both domestic and foreign;
- Strengthen the abilities of their representatives to disseminate information on their export products;
- Enhance their ability to utilize appropriate BDS providers.
The SCF Management will further consider the question: Is the initiative well designed?
The design should be realistic, and should do each of the following:
- Clearly identify the need which is being addressed.
- Set out a clear logical link between the aims of the initiative and the proposed activities.
- Include a time bound work plan and budget.
- Identify staffing and logistical arrangements.
- Identify how progress will be measured, monitored and reported; and
Demonstrate how activities will be sustained after the end of the initiative
It may be noted, that the SCF Management may suggest to the Applicant to refine the initial Application for Support. The SCF Management may also in certain cases provide professional assistance to the refinement of promising but not well developed initiatives.