Building the Future of Ukraine Logistics and Export

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) announces Funding Opportunity “Building the Future of Ukraine Logistics and Export”. 

The purpose of this Annual Program Statement (APS) is to solicit applications for grants funding to support two critical objectives of Ukraine’s economic recovery: 1) agricultural export and logistics capacity, with a focus on grain trade; and 2) improving Ukraine’s export infrastructure, technology and processes along its western borders.  

USAID ERA is seeking partners among

  • agri-logistics firms and equipment manufacturers,
  • market analytic agencies,
  • business event organizers,
  • NGOs,
  • consulting firms,
  • training service providers,
  • government entities,
  • research and educational institutions.

  This partnership should lead to:  

  1. improved agri-logistics companies` knowledge of international best practices on grain trade, sales, and marketing, develop and improved export sales to new markets (e.g., EU, North Africa); 
  2. co-funding high-demand agri-logistics equipment; 
  3. upskilled and improved agri-logistics staff competency on use of equipment for grain export; 
  4. improved the process in BCPs, which leads to improving export capacity; 
  5. improved cross-border collaboration between Ukrainian customs and bordering customs officers in EU and Moldova. 

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis during the term of this APS (March 1 – August 31, 2024) for

USAID ERA will review eligible applications submitted through funding windows:  

  • Window 1: Applications received by: April 15, 2024 
  • Window 2: Applications received by: May 31, 2024 
  • Window 3: Applications received by: August 31, 2024  

 More information about USAID ERA grants funding, applicant requirements, types of potential grant activities USAID ERA is interested in, full application submission process, selection criteria, and other important information is reflected in the Annual Program Statement № APS – ERA-003.

Annexes for applying for a grant in English:

Annex 1_Application Form_APS-ERA-003

Annex 2_Excel Budget_APS-ERA-003

Annex 3_Certifications and Assurances_APS-ERA-003

Annex 4_Instructions for Obtaining an Unique Entity ID (SAM) Number_APS-ERA-003

Annexes for applying for a grant in Ukrainian:

Додаток 1_Форма заявки_APS-ERA-003

Додаток 2_Excel_Бюджет_APS-ERA-003

Додаток 3_Засвідчення та завірення_APS-ERA-003

Додаток 4_Інструкція щодо отримання унікального ідентифікатора організації (SAM)_APS-ERA-003

We encourage all interested parties to read the documents carefully. Please note that the application and budget should be submitted either in English or Ukrainian (English is preferable).

We also invite you to participate in one of the online conferences where potential applicants may ask questions and obtain detailed information about the application process. 

USAID ERA staff will hold two online conferences:

  • March 13, 2024, at 15 pm. To participate, please register using this link. Please ensure you are registered by March 12, at 15:00 as the registration will be closed afterward.
  • May 24, 2024, at 11 am. To participate, please register using this link. Please ensure you are registered by May 21, at 23:59, as the registration will be closed afterward.

All registered participants will receive a link to the event via the email provided during registration. 

About USAID Economic Resilience Activity 

USAID’s Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) is one of USAID’s core partners implementing the $350 million Agriculture Resilience Initiative – Ukraine (AGRI-Ukraine) that was established in 2022 to bolster Ukrainian agricultural exports and alleviate the global food security crisis exacerbated by the war. Under AGRI-Ukraine, ERA partners with public and private companies to complement and leverage urgently-needed grain export transportation and transshipment investments. 

ERA also directly supports the Government of Ukraine, including the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI), the State Customs Service, and Ukrainian Railways, to upgrade 42 of Ukraine’s border crossing points (BCPs). Modern and more efficient border infrastructure and customs procedures will reduce export costs and increase export capacity, enabling Ukraine to scale trade and advance its path to EU integration.  

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