Welcome to the official application portal of the Business Resilience Assistance for Value –Adding Enterprises (BRAVE) Women Nigeria Project!

Please take note of the following instructions:

You are advised to have all documents ready for attachment and answer all questions to enable you submit your registration form

Women-owned/led Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs)

Women-owned/led SMEs

The grant available to SMEs is between $5,000 – $15,000.

Must be located in any of the project states (Gombe, Kano and Edo states)

Women-owned SMEs are those SMEs in which Women own 51% or more shareholding in the enterprise.

For Women-led SMEs women must own at least 20% of the shares.

The enterprise must also have at least one woman in top management positions (COO/CEO/President/Vice President) or 30% women membership in the Board of Directors (where the board exists).

The SMEs must be active in the business sectors of agri-business, education, health, textile/garments and energy

Must have between 2 and 100 staff.

Must not be involved in providing financial services and charging interest (like conventional banks, and insurance companies) or involved in any other business not approved under the Shari’ah (including the manufacturing, selling or offering of liquors, pork, haram meat, or involvement in gambling, night club activities or pornography.

Registered enterprises (business name, partnership or limited liability company) are preferred, but if you are in the process of registering with CAC and have evidence of business operations for the past 12 months, you can still register and submit your application.  

Lead Firms

Lead Firms

The grant available to Lead Firm is between $40,000 – $50,000.

Lead firms are large companies with commercial relationships with at least 20 Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises MSMEs.

They buy finished products or semi-processed products from the MSMEs and are active in the business sectors of agri-business, education, health, textile/garments and energy.

They can be located in any part of Nigeria, but must have dealings with MSMEs in at least one of the project states of Gombe, Kano and Edo states.

The lead firm must also have commercial business with at least two major actors in its business sector value chain.

Business Associations / Cooperatives

Business Associations

The grant available to Business Associations is between $40,000 – $50,000.

Business Associations must have many active members and provide services to them in the business sectors of agri-business, education, health, textile/garments and energy.

The business associations must provide trainings, market expansions, cost saving innovations services etc. to members and represent their interests at state and national levels.

Required documents

Women-owned/led SMEs must attach the following documentations:

1. Certificate of Incorporation from CAC (if you have it)

2. SMEDAN  certificate (if you have it)

3. *Company brochure with list of products and services

4. Memorandum of Association (CAC stamped) which shows women own 51% or more shares in the enterprise. (Attach the Memorandum of Association, if you have it)

5. *Where the SMEs has less than 20% of female share ownership , then it must also have 1 woman as CEO/COO/President/Vice President and has at least 30% of the board of directors composed of women, where a board exists. ( attach list of women in management position and board membership signed by the Managing Director)

6. Professional license to operate (health, education, energy etc.) if required for your business.

7. License to operate (NAFDAC, franchise, Distributorship) where required for your business.

8. Tax Identification Number (where available)

9. *Evidence of physical location of business (rent payment, ownership of the place of business or utility bill)

10. Annual Report and Audited accounts (where available).

11. *Financial records for the business. Bank statement for last 12 months (stamped & signed by the bank) preferred

12. Where the SMEs is registered as a business name (with more than one owner) or partnership, it needs to attach agreement between proprietors/partners of the business showing the percentage of share ownership. The agreement must be signed jointly by the proprietors or partners.

SPECIAL NOTE : where you do not have operating license or professional license or NAFDAC license or SMEDAN certificate, please write a short  letter of explanation, explaining your position and upload as documentation.

Lead Firms must attach the following documents:

Certificate of Incorporation from CAC

Annual Report and Audited accounts where available

List of SMEs the company has been dealing with signed by Managing Director and Chairman of Board of Directors

Bank statement for last 12 months (stamped & signed by the bank).

Business Associations must attach the following documents:

Certificate of Incorporation from CAC

Annual Report and Audited accounts where available

Bank statement for last 12 months (stamped & signed by the bank)

Certificates of awards issued to the business associations

Attach comprehensive list of services offered by your business association, signed by the National President/Director General and National Secretary.