Application process

It is easy to apply, and our team is here to help you along the application process

How to apply

If you think that you have a good idea that responds to the business ideas we are looking for, please submit a short Concept Note application form to us.

The application and contracting process

COMPETE Salone adopts a three-stage application approach:

How to start the process

Simply fill in the Concept Note application form. It is a very brief form (not more than 6 pages long) which aims to help us understand basic information about your company and your project.

Information required for the Concept Note
  • About your company
  • What your business idea is
  • Which of the eligible areas your business idea will address
  • How your project is also going to deliver significant benefits to Sierra Leonean producers and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • How the project will be commercially sustainable after COMPETE Salone funding

Supported by FCDO through the Invest Salone programme, COMPETE Salone is designed to be a quick, responsive mechanism that is not overly bureaucratic and understands the needs of the private sector. For questions about COMPETE Salone, please contact us at