Skill Development Fund Concept Note Submission Form

Posted By: Victor A. Sesay ⇒  Posted Date: 7/7/2020






The Skills Development Fund (SDF) has two ‘windows', catering for different target groups. Window 1 will support improvement of the quality and relevance of formal and non-formal TVET, and Window 2  will address skills gaps and skills shortage experienced by private enterprises in the formal and informal sectors of the economy.


Eligible Beneficiaries for Window 1


The training provider is considered eligible to apply for Window 1 if:

  • The training provider is either a registered public, private or non-profit entity, evidenced by an up to date certificate of registration. Providers that apply as a consortium must include a signed letter from the entities in the consortium indicating their agreement to form a consortium for the purposes of the grant; and consequently providing a Power of Attorney indicating which of the consortium members will be dealing with the Secretariat.


  • The training provider has a track record of operating functional training program(s) in subject areas related to the application. For new proposed formal TVET courses, the training provider has a track record of operating functional training program(s) in the department where the new course will be offered.
  • The training provider must have the required teaching staff and facilities necessary for providing the proposed training course(s) at an acceptable level.
  • Priority will be given to training providers who demonstrate commitment to engage with an appropriate industry and/or private sector.


Eligible Beneficiaries for Window 2


For Window 2, the applicant must meet the following criteria:


  • Be an informal sector member-based organization/association/coop or a registered company/Business.
  • The company/business/organization/coop must have been in existence for at least 2 years.
  • Employee/membership composition should be majority Sierra Leonean nationality.
  • Employee/membership composition of 25% youth and/or women.
  • Must be from the 5 targeted sectors: agriculture, tourism, extractives, construction, and renewable energy.
  • Have demonstrable commercial viability.
  • The proposed training must benefit a minimum of 25 proposed trainees across the informal and formal sectors.

  • Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, New England Ville, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • + 232 (74)210044 / (99) 542298
  • + 232 (74)210044 / (99) 542298

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