2021 Request for Applications


2021 RFA Annex A - Budget Template

​2021 RFA Annex C - Past Performance R eference Sheet​​​​​​


The USAID-funded John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Agricultural Volunteer Opportunity Program (AVOP) provides small grant funding available for international development programs focused on expert volunteer technical assistance. 

F2F emphasizes achieving economic impact and measurable results by concentrating volunteer assignments in specific geographic areas, commodities programs and service sectors. Programs go beyond simply placing volunteers on an individual basis and focus on developing specific market chains for which overall impact can be evaluated. Programs build institutions and transfer technology and management expertise to link smallholder farmers with markets that make use of comparative advantages in production, processing and marketing. Volunteers typically work with medium and small agro-enterprises, cooperatives, individual producers, agricultural extension and research agencies, and financial institutions. Major areas of program focus are: horticulture, dairy and livestock, staple food crops, producer organization development, financial services, marketing and processing, agricultural education and training, and natural resources management. A key component of F2F programs is that they are demand-driven by local host organizations and their evolving needs.

Open 2021 Small Grants Request for Applications


Partners of the Americas, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications from parties interested in the F2F AVOP Small Grants Program.

The RFA will be conducted in 2 phases:

  • Phase I: Competitive Concept Note
  • Phase II: Collaborative Program Design and Full Application (details provided to successful Phase I organizations)


Important Dates

April 5, 2021  | Concept Note RFA Available Online

April 19, 2021 | RFA Informational Webinar

May 24, 2021, 12pm EST | Due Date for RFA Questions

June 8, 2021, 6PM EST | Concept Note Due


Concept Note Submission

Concept Note applications must be submitted using the online form here: https://iglhrrlmdt.formstack.com/forms/avop_rfa 

  • No phone calls accepted.
  • Only one Concept Note per organization/institution.
  • Partners of the Americas will confirm receipt via email.
  • All application documents are to be sent as Microsoft Word attachments via the application form.
  • No other method of submission will be accepted.



All technical questions are to be submitted in writing via e-mail to avop@partners.net.

  • No phone calls, faxes, or questions submitted via the farmer-to-farmer.org contact form will be accepted.
  • Partners of the Americas will confirm receipt of your question(s) via avop@partners.net.
  • Questions and answers will be posted on a rolling basis and can be viewed at this page.

Application Form Submission

Question & Answer Document

RFA Informational Webinar Recording

April 19th, 2021