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Funding/support source Summary information about the source Region
KfW-DEG (German Investment Corporation) DEG provides funding of 500,000 to 749,000 EUR to early-stage SMEs aimed at scaling innovative business models with high development impact. African Region
ITC Global Textiles and Clothing Programme Grants for employees and managers of SMEs involved in clothing and textiles sector to support job security and possible increased earnings. Middle East and North Africa
REACT Kenya Relief Fund

Emergency grants distributed to SME in energy services.

South Africa Future Trust Interest-free loans including direct financial support to SME employees who are at risk of losing their jobs or suffer a loss of income because of COVID-19.

South Africa

EC External Investment Plan Summary of the guarantees for investment provided by the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) and financing for MSMEs. Sub-Saharan Africa; EU Neighbourhood
Africa’s first Assistive Technology Accelerator

Start-up accelerator in Africa with a strong focus on assistive technology-adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities or the elderly population.

The Aavishkaar Group’s Facility for Humane Action Grants to support most vulnerable groups impacted by COVID-19 in India. India
EBRD facilitated MSME loans

The EBRD in cooperation with local commercial banks provide loans to SMEs and municipalities. Tools that may be available include credit lines, bank-to-bank loans, standby credit facilities and equity investments in the local banks. MSMEs should contact local banks directly to access finance and check local requirements and investment limits.

Pan-European Region
EBRD Financial products for small businesses SME Local currency programme offering assistance with long term affordable financing for SMEs, direct financing frameworks for SMEs by EBRD, risk sharing framework- EBRD in tandem with local banks share risks associated to lending to SMEs to facilitate SME access to finance.  The website contains local partner contact information Pan- European Region
EBRD Star Venture Programme Star Venture programme targets promising start-ups, accelerators and consultants to unleash their full potential. Assistance with access to finance by connecting to investors, bespoke advisory services, mentorship. Balkan countries, North Africa
EBRD promotes SMEs’ access to capital markets EBRD programme providing tailor-made advisory services and technical support to upgrade SME investment capacity to international standards.


EBRD provides local currency loans for SMEs EBRD programme providing improved access to funds for SMEs in Belarus in local currency to reduce exchange rate risks. Contact details of the local partner banks are available here Belarus
EBRD small business financing opportunities via local banks

Access to finance for SMEs impacted by COVID-19 in Serbia via local banks.

EBRD Women in Business Program Financing and advice for women- lead SMEs Eurasian region
Norrsken - Action Against Corona  Various B2B support initiatives and funding opportunities to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. Global
Business funding and support aggregator Aggregator containing links to funding opportunities and accelerators in various regions.


Open Road Alliance Charitable grants and four types of loans for social enterprises and charities responding to direct impact of COVID-19. Global
Global Innovation Exchange GIE is a global development technology platform for innovations, funding and insights. Fundraising resource for social entrepreneurs in low-and-middle-income countries. Global
GET.invest's dedicated COVID-19 window Advisory and funding support for SMEs in clean energy field. Global
Sorensen Impact Foundation - COVID-19 Coalition A global consortium of investors looking to provide capital and other forms of support to entrepreneurs addressing the global health and economic crisis tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.


YE! International Platform and Community to support young entrepreneurs International Trade Center’s (ITC) virtual community and platform supporting  young entrepreneurs dealing with economic and social disruption. Global

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Training, advisory, business support

Funding/support source Summary information about the source Region
GlobalGiving Acelerator Largest global crowdfunding community providing virtual training, tools and support for not-for-profits across various regions. Global
International Trade Centre’s Trade Academy courses for SMEs A selection of free courses to support SME development and growth Global
International Trade Centre’s COVID-19 Business Community An Index of government initiatives, enterprises commitments and society actions to support SMEs. Global
Global trade help desk Online tool integrating trade and business information about trade formalities for companies involved in import and export of goods. Particularly relevant in context of COVID-19 restrictions.  Global
Lex Mundi COVID-19 Resources Legal resources to support companies responding to COVID-19. Global
Start-ups versus COVID-19 A repository of resources for Indian start-ups responding to COVID-19 challenges. India