Grants Component

This component will focus on investment project design, based on competitive business plans submitted by private sector agribusinesses. REAP will organize a public outreach campaign to generate applications in the priority areas for investment. Selected applicants will receive USAID grant funding equal to a maximum of 30% of the total project value and will match the remaining 70% in new cash investment. 


Anticipated Results: $6 million in grants distributed to Farmer Service Centers (FSCs) or Mechanization Service Centers (MSCs) Primary Producers, Service/Information Providers, Processing and Packaging Enterprises, of which 15% are women-owned businesses; $14 million in private sector matching investment leveraged.



Initially, REAP Grants Component  will invest in 4 major agribusiness categories:

 

Primary Production Projects (PP)

Seed material production; introduction of new varieties;

Drip irrigation; seed cleaning, packaging, storage; greenhouses


Machinery (MSC) and Farm Service Centers (FSC)

Establishment of new machinery businesses;

May be combined with retail input supply, including farmer demonstration and training capability


Small/Medium-Scale (SME) Post-Harvest and Handling Processing Enterprises (PHHP)

On-farm storage facilities, washing,  sorting;

Grading and packing lines, processing equipment; Storage facilities, washing, sorting, grading; and Packing lines, processing equipment


Information and Service Providers (ISP)

Quality testing and certification, soil testing;

Market information, expansion of member services


REAP Grants Component will:


• Deliver matching grants worth $6 million;

• Leverage at least $14 million in private matching investment; 

• Require REAP grantees to make a match equaling at least 70%

Technical Asisstance Component

 

This component will provide custom-designed services to  all grantee enterprises. REAP will use local BSPs and International STTAs to participate in frontline delivery of C2 technical assistance. 

Anticipated Results:
All grantee SME clients in target supply chains assisted by partner BSPs and International STTAs; More than 150,000 individuals, of whom at least 37,500 are women, participated in technical and/or business training.REAP will provide technical assistance to grantee enterprises, in order to support the long-term sustainability of increased agribusiness investment.

Technical assistance will be broadly grouped into five major categories:
• Business Administration, Supply Chain Management and Marketing
• Farmer Training and Demonstrations
• Quality Standards and Certification
• Post-harvest Handling, Storage, Processing Technology
• Workforce Development

REAP Technical Assistance component will be built in to Grants Investments during project design and implementation phases and will be custom designed to suit the needs of beneficiary enterprises

Cross- Cutting Issues

 

Gender: REAP will ensure inclusive enterprise development involving appropriately men, women, and youth in all program activities. All C1 grant applicants will be required to present a gender integration strategy. REAP expects at least 15% of grantees and 25% of trainees to be women. 

Access to Finance: Access to commercial finance is an integral part of all REAP activities. The program will facilitate access of REAP beneficiaries to commercial finance as well as encourage participation of financial institutions in the agriculture sector. 

Workforce Development: Most of REAP’s grantee beneficiaries will receive training. 

Environment: REAP will comply with environmental requirements of both USAID and Georgia.