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Type of Grants

ACBF supports capacity building programs and projects in Africa with three types of investments:

  1. Financing of full-fledged projects,  for capacity building  interventions spanning over 2-5 years - download Project Application Template
  2. Seed capital as part of the facility for Financing Innovative Capacity Development (FICAD) interventions, for capacity building initiatives to be implemented over a maximum of one year - Click here for Template of FICAD application
  3. Financing events organized in partnership with ACBF

All applications are to be addressed to the Executive Secretary.  ACBF receives project and program proposals from government ministries and departments, private sector and civil society organizations as well as regional institutions and universities.

To be eligible for ACBF support, project and program applications must be in line with ACBF’s mandate and its strategic priorities. Eligible projects and programs go through a rigorous assessment process by a Project Review Committee within the Secretariat before review and approval by the Executive Board of ACBF.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana