The government of the United Kingdom has launched a fund for businesses in 32 countries, including Nigeria.

The Covid-19 Vulnerable Supply Chains Facility (CVSCF) will provide grants of between 200,000 and 600,000 pounds sterling per application, to help businesses in agriculture and garment manufacturing in coping with the economic impact of Covid-19.

To apply for this round of the funding, which may be repeated, a business must submit a concept, using the CVSCF template, before or by 5 pm GMT, May 20, 2020.

Applications are welcome from businesses facing industry challenges and looking for advisory/ facilitation support; businesses looking to support the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable workers and suppliers in their supply chains; not-for-profit organisations supporting multinational companies and small and medium enterprises and their suppliers in specific sectors/ geographies;  not-for-profit organisations supporting transparency and accountability mechanisms within and across specific supply chains; and not-for-profit organisations supporting informal workers and smallholder farmers that are part of global supply chains.

Applications should be submitted at http://COVID19vulnerablesupplychains@dfid.gov.uk

Request for proposal obtainable at https://cms.trade.great.gov.uk/documents/74/COVID-19_Vulnerable_Supply_Chains_Facility_-_Request_for_Proposals.pdf