Applications are Open for USAID SMEA Challenge Fund

Athar Ahmad
Publish Date:
November 3, 2018

Do you want to scale-up your Startup? Does your Startup provides a sustainable and scalable solution to overcome and solve the challenges.

If the answer is Yes! then USAID SMEA Challenge Fund is for you.

In collaboration with TiE Islamabad, USAID SMEA Challenge Fund is here to help in scaling up by providing the investment as much as upto 6.5 Million PKR.

The USAID Small and Medium Enterprise Activity (SMEA) implemented by Chemonics International, is seeking grant applications for implementation of Challenge Fund – SME Growth Grants. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with USAID and US Government regulations governing grants under contracts and SMEA’s internal grant management policies.
SMEA will hold pre-application orientation workshops on the following dates and locations:

– Nov 13 & 19, 2018 at Islamabad
– Nov 14, 2018 at Lahore
– Nov 16, 2018 at Karachi & Quetta
– Nov 16, 2018 at Peshawar

These workshop will allow eligible and interested applicants the chance to ask questions about the RFA and receive guidance on how to complete the application form. Interested applicants that meet the eligibility requirements and would like to attend this workshop must confirm their attendance by sending the participant’s name and the organization’s name to with clear subject line: Registration for Orientation Session. Only two persons may attend from each organization. No reimbursement for costs of attendance will be met.

Below are the Application Forms:

1. Request for Applications SME Growth (RFA) SMEA-CF-002

Annex A – Concept Paper

Annex B – Grant Budget Template

Annex C – Grantee Self Assessment Form


OR Send your requests in at “𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗱@𝗽𝗮𝗸𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗺𝗲𝗮.𝗰𝗼𝗺”
with “𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗙𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗙𝗔-𝟬𝟬𝟮” in the subject line to receive application forms and details, to be a part of the Challenge fund.

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