Past windows

COVID-19 recovery window (CLOSED)

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

COMPETE Salone provided up to 60% grant funding (between £100,000 and £250,000) for projects put forward by Sierra Leonean companies or those registered to operate in Sierra Leone. Projects had to complete implementation within 18 months. Please note that the window for applications is now closed.

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

The COVID-19 Recovery Window sought applications for business ideas from private sector companies operating within Sierra Leone that could:

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