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COVID-19 recovery window

In order to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, COMPETE Salone is deploying a funding window of immediate support to critical businesses in agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and fisheries as well as those whose failure could have severe systemic impacts on the economy. This could include businesses that support the supply of food, communications, transport and logistics.

COMPETE Salone will provide up to 60% grant funding (between £100,000 and £400,000) for projects put forward by Sierra Leonean companies or those registered to operate in Sierra Leone. Projects need to complete implementation within 18 months.

What types of business ideas is the COVID-19 Recovery Window looking for?

We are looking for business ideas from private sector companies operating within Sierra Leone that can:

What impact will your project need to deliver?

The products, services or business models that your proposal will deliver should incorporate local content (either in the processed or semi-processed form) and services produced by Sierra Leonean businesses. Through this, COMPETE Salone, in collaboration with your business, will increase jobs, investment and revenues not only for your company but also for businesses in the supply chains within which you work.

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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