Supporting Small and Medium Enterprises' Access to Finance in Tunisia

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Supporting Small and Medium Enterprises' Access to Finance in Tunisia: The micro, small and medium-scale enterprise finance sector in Tunisia has changed substantially— beginning with the introduction of a new microfinance law in 2011, which opened up the market to new entrants— and the Tunisian government has continued to build on this progress through the newly-passed Start-Up Act in 2018. Tunisia has a number of policies, mechanisms and institutions to support enterprise creation and growth, and a more developed policy framework for small, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) than that of other North African and Levant economies, according to a recent SME policy assessment. Private equity and venture capital markets are underdeveloped. The Tunisian lending market accounts for less than ten percent of the financial sector, but is increasingly important for external financing of fixed asset investments of small- and medium- enterprises (SMEs). According to 2015 European Investment Bank report, banks limit SME business to only a subset of well-established SMEs which are able to bring in substantial collateral. Other SMEs, which have limited equity and funds, are mostly excluded. The banks' current liquidity situation encourages lending only to those clients perceived as less risky and which offer real assets as securities. Access to finance is one of the main impediments to the business environment in Tunisia, and this is particularly true for SMEs.
Federal Grant Title: Supporting Small and Medium Enterprises' Access to Finance in Tunisia
Federal Agency Name: Assistance Coordination (DOS-NEA-AC)
Grant Categories: Other
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: SFOP0005162
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 19.600
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: July 19th, 2018
Original Application Deadline: July 19th, 2018
Posted Date: June 8th, 2018
Creation Date: June 8th, 2018
Archive Date: No date given
Total Program Funding: $1,200,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $1,200,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $1,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: June 8th, 2018
Category Explanation
democracy, rights, governance
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education - Nonprofits having a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education - Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education - Private institutions of higher education - For-profit organizations other than small businesses - Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
public international organizations, small businesses with functional and regional experience in the areas of: support to small busiensses and access to finance in Tunisia
Link to Full Grant Announcement
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Grant Announcement Contact
Elizabeth Hartman

NEA-Grants@state.gov
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