Funding Opportunities » GreenAgri (2023)

Below are some of the funding opportunities available in the agriculture sector and the broader green economy. Applicants should also note that there are additional incentives that they can take advantage of in the Business Incentives page and find further support for writing up a business plan and financial forecast in the Business Planning support page.

Nedbank Business Banking wants to partner with business in offering financing for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects of all sizes, either for outright purchases or third-party ownership solutions.​

Departmental FinancingFund NameFocus AreaInvestment instrumentInvestment sizeWebsiteContact detailsNational Skills FundSkill DevelopmentGrantUnspecifiedlink

Director: Skills support programme

Mr F Strydom

012 943 3130

The NSF is intended to finance costs directly related to the delivery of learning and not to finance infrastructure and/or ongoing operational costs. Interested employers must have paid Skills Development levies, have a Skills Development Facilitator and follow all the rules and regulations in the Skills Development Act 97 of 1998

National Youth Development Agency Grant Programme

Various SectorsGrantFrom R1 000 to R250 000 cumulative your regional office hereThe NYDA Grant Programme is designed to provide young entrepreneurs with an opportunity to access both financial and non-financial business development support in order to enable them to establish or grow their businesses. Young people between 18 - 35 years of age, whose business ideas qualify for the Grant Programme will also undergo some of the NYDA's non-financial support services e.g. mentorship; business consultancy services; market linkages; business management training programme; youth co-operative development programmeAgriBEE fundAgro processingGrantFrom R1 000 000 (with 10% applicant contribution) to R5 000 000 (with 20% applicant contribution)More informationProvincial contact listThe AgriBEE Fund is a support programme which serves as an intervention to support black-owned agricultural enterprises with a view of enhancing transformation in the sector. The Fund's mandate was extended to also include the promotion of enterprise development initiatives through value-add and agro-processing infrastructure.Micro Agricultural Financial Institutions of South AfricaAgricultureLoanUp to R500 000 at 8% interest paMore information

MAFISA is a scheme that addresses the financial service needs of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses, providing capital loans to enhance agricultural activities. Eligible candidates must have an enterprise with positive credit history and can show its ability to repay the loan.Black Business Supplier Development ProgrammeManufacturingGrant

R800 000 for tools, machinery and equipment on a 50:50 cost sharing basis; R200 000 for business development and training interventions on a 80:20 cost-sharing basis

Programme guidelinesThe BBSDP is a cost-sharing grant offered to black-owned small enterprises to assist them to improve their competitiveness and sustainability to become a part of the mainstream economy and create employmentManufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement ProgrammeFeasibility projectsCost-sharing Grant

Projects of <R30 000 000 qualify for 70% grant; projects of >R30 000 000 qualify for a grant of 50%

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Magdeline Thwala

012 394 1089

Thaka Lehohla

012 394 1245

The objective of the MCEP is to facilitate feasibility studies that are likely to lead to bankable business/project plans, which will result in investment in new components, products or processes not currently manufactured or performed by the applicant or in the creation of markets that will lead to a substantial increase in the manufactured products of the applicant.Capital Projects Feasibility ProgrammeFeasibility projectsCost-sharing GrantUnspecifiedMore information

James Koko

012 394 1037

Anele Sigcau

012 394 5665

The CPFP is a cost-sharing grant that contributes to the cost of feasibility studies likely to lead to projects that will increase local exports and stimulate the market for South African capital goods and services. The primary objective of the programme is to facilitate feasibility studies that are likely to lead to high-impact projects which will stimulate value-adding economic activities in South Africa and have greater impact on the country's industrial policy objectivesTechnology and Human Resources for Industry ProgrammeAcademic researchGrantUnspecifiedMore information

Marinky Tshephe

012 481 4060

THRIP is a flagship research and development programme of the dti and NRF. The NRF contributes research management and opportunities to leverage national and international research initiatives, so that the technology and industry development aims of the dti are taken forward effectively. Partnerships in pre-commercial research between business and the public-funded research base including universities and research institutions. THRIP supports Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) research collaboration focused on addressing the technology needs of the participating firms.Black Industrialist SchemeVarious sectorsCost-sharing GrantUp to R50 000 000 with 30% - 50% cost-sharingMore objectives of BIS are to accelerate the quantitative and qualitative increase and participation of black industrialist in the national economy and create multiple and diverse pathways and instruments for black industrialist to enter strategic and targeted manufacturing sectors and value chainsStrategic Partnership ProgrammeVarious sectorsCost-sharing GrantUp to R15 million of 50:50 cot-sharing supportMore information

Thaka Lehohla

012 394 1245

Thabiso Goeieman

012 394 5164

The objective of SPP is to encourage large private sector enterprises - in partnership with governments - to support, nurture and develop SMEs within the partner's supply chain or sector to be manufacturers of goods and suppliers of services in a sustainable manner.The support covers machinery, equipment and tools; infrastructure such as owned/leased buildings; product or service development; Information and Communication Technology (ICT), operationalcosts; and business development servicesSector Specific Assistance SchemeVarious sectorsCost-sharing Grant

R500 000 of advertising costs and publicity, R200 000 of marketing and local exhibition costs at 80:20 cost-sharing.

R50 000 grant for establishing an export council

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Khtjo Bambo

012 394 1773

James Koko

012 394 1037

Phindile Skosana

012 394 1330

The objectives of the SSAS are to i.) develop an industry sector as a whole; ii.) develop new export markets; iii.) stimulate job creation; iv.) broaden the export base; v.) propose solutions to factors inhibiting export growth; vi.) promote broader participation of black-owned SMMEs in the economyExport Marketing and Investment Assistance SchemeVarious sectorsGrantRental of exhibition space up to R50 000, return economy-class airfare, interpretation fees, marketing material. patent registration in foreign market capped at R100 000More scheme develops export markets for South African products and services to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country. This is done by providing market assistance to develop new export markets, assisting with the identification of new export markets through market research, assisting companies to increase their competitive edge by supporting patent registrations and quality marks and assisting with facilitation to grow FDI through missions and researchAgro-Processing Support SchemeAgro-processingCost-sharing Grant20%-30% cost-sharing grant capped at R20 million

Suzan Chiloane

012 394 1208

Semakaleng Mangwedi

012 394 1073

Rinny Mmakau

012 394 1618

The APSS aims to stimulate investment by the South African agro-processing/beneficiation (agri-business) enterprises. The investment should demonstrate that it will achieve increased manufacturing capacity, employment, modernised machinery and equipment, competitiveness and productivity. More informationAquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme (ADEP)AgricultureCost-sharing Grant50% cost-sharing grant capped at R20 million

The ADEP is an incentive programme available to South African registered entities engaged in primary, secondary and ancillary aquaponic activities in both marine and freshwater classified under SIC 132 (fish hatcheries and fish farms) and 301 and 3012 (production, processing and preserving of aquaculture fish). The grant is provided directly to approved applications for new, upgrading or expansion projects. More hereDevelopment Finance InstitutionsThe Green Energy Efficiency FundEnergyDebt25% financing of R250 million per project with maximum 8 years paybackFind your regional IDC office hereThe AFD Green Energy Fund provides finance to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects of smaller scale and manufacturing of green products in South Africa.Isibaya FundVarious sectorsDebt

Funding from R10 million to R100 million

Contact the PIC at:

012 742 3400

Isibaya is managed by the Public Investment Corporation to provide finance to private and public sector organisations in projects with good financial returns. More informationSEDA Technology ProgrammeVarious sectorsCost-sharing Grant

Funding is provided on a sliding scale

<R150 000 = 0% client contribution

R150-R600 million = 10% client contribution

Find your regional office hereThis fund has a focus on the manufacturing and processing sectors, which are under-supplied and where a competitive edge can be gained through productive technology. More informationThe Growth FundVarious sectorsGrantR21 000 grant for every 1 permanent job created (application must be between R105 000 - R1 050 000)

Ryan Rode

The CDI growth fund offers small business experiencing growth and that are poised for expansion, access to grant funding, working capital and business support. Qualifying businesses should have been operating for at least 1 year and have turnover or assets of more than R600 000. The business will also be responsible for matching 20% of the Fund's contribution. More information

The Design Innovation Seed FundAgriprocessing, biotechnology; health; manufacturing; water conservation; alternative building materials; energy; information and communications technologyGrantUp to R800 000

Ryan Rode

The DISF is aimed at Western Cape based early-stage small and medium enterprises/ entrepreneurs/ researchers with the potential to create competitive, new protected or protectable intellectual property. The grant may be used in conducting field studies, initial proof of concept, refining and implementing designs, prototype development/improvement etc.Infrastructure FundSocial and economic infrastructureBlended financeUnspecifiedThe Infrastructure Fund addresses the need for blended finance to enable to efficient execution of socio-economic infrastructure programmes and projects in South Africa. The Infrastructure Fund in collaboration with its key stakeholders, National Treasury, ISA and project owners, intends to spearhead the efficient execution and implementation of South Africa's infrastructure development programme in line with principles of good governance and procurement systems that are fair equitable, cost effective, competitive and transparent. Click here for more information.LendersCash Flow CapitalVarious sectorsDebtUnspecified is an alternative lending company that provides loans based on turnover versus assets. These tailored business solutions are aimed at small to medium businesses at least 6 months operation with a minimum monthly revenue of R300 000.Nedbank FairShareEnergyDebtUnspecifiedClick here to visit the Nedbank FairShare brochure.Nedbank is the leading advisor and financier of South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme and it wants to use their experience as a solid foundation for financing energy efficiency and embedded energy for businesses.Nedbank Business Banking wants to partner with business in offering financing for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects of all sizes, either for outright purchases or third-party ownership solutions.Sustainable Investment InitiativeVarious sectorsDebt & equityUS $200 000 - US $25 millionsiiafrica@angloamerican.comThe Anglo American Sustainable Investment Initiative (SII) forms a critical part of the activities to achieve their Sustainable Mining Plan goals by supporting economic diversification and job opportunities beyond the mining industry. The SII was created to support businesses looking for finance, to help them overcome hurdles in preparing for investment and matching them with aligned investors. Businesses that qualify for the SII will be assessed by the AA team and support or Technical assistance will be provided free of charge to help businesses prepare and engage with investors. The TA is designed to support business need and where they are in their investment journey. Click here for more information
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