TIF-APS-02 Questions and Answers
 

Q1: "Will your Development Plan address the Business and Investment Enabling Environment {BIEE} in Lebanon: Can you explain more to me or give examples?”

A1: By BIEE we mean the set of policies, regulations, and laws, that govern the overall environment of a certain business and/ or business activities and will eventually facilitate the movement of a product or service in its value chain. An improved BIEE leads to increased job creation, increased investment, and improved economy at large.

 

Q2: "Will your Development Plan require access to finance and/ or investment?:  Does it mean that if we are asking for investment by adding a new partner that invest in money and have shares in the company? Or it means something else, please explain.”

A2: Yes, this can be achieved through either equity or debt investment.

 

Q3: “I wanted to ask about the title of the development plan. Should we be picking one of the below 4 sectors only or are we required to come up with a name for our development plan. Kindly elaborate. 

"(1) Agro-Food Processing, (2) Manufacturing, (3) Knowledge Economy and Services, and (4) Tourism and Hospitality."

A3: Development Plan titles should be brief and describe the goal of the proposed activity, which should be within one of TIF’s priority sectors.

 

Q4: “Can one person apply on behalf of more than one registered company?”

A4: Individuals are not eligible for TIF support under this APS. One registered entity can apply on behalf of a cluster of companies. TIF prioritizes sector-level support, which means supporting more than one company.

 

Q5: Is it legitimate to apply for a new product line in a registered company?

A5: TIF aims to support an increase in sales, import substitution, and/or increase in export. New product lines must show evidence of market needs, ability to meet the needs, and a strong business plan. One registered entity can apply on behalf of a cluster of companies .TIF prioritizes sector-level support, which means supporting more than one company.

 

Q6: “We, are a family business  intend to  transform our grapes into wine. Transforming the agriculture to an industrial producing. We look forward to get your urgent response in this new project.”

A6: This proposed intervention is not within one of TIF’s priority sectors. TIF prioritizes sector-level support, which means supporting more than one company.

 

Q7: “We are a Software Company in Lebanon, who are suffering like everyone else from the economic crisis in the country. Does your project involve Software companies?”

A7: One of TIF’s priority sectors is Knowledge Economy, which includes the Information, Communication, and Technology sectors. TIF aims to support an increase in sales, import substitution, and/or increase in export.

 

Q8: “Please advise what are the types of development plans for manufacturing.”

A8: TIF aims to support an increase in sales, import substitution, and/or increase in exports. Additionally, TIF aims to create full-time jobs for Lebanese in Lebanon.

 

Q9: “I established my company in Lebanon, but I only register as a “Mehna Horra” or Liberal profession, because I could not open an account for the company. I am in need of support to get new laptops, computers, IT equipment and software to grow my agency, i currently employ 11 people. I would love to get some guidance on how to proceed.”

A9: Individuals are not eligible for TIF support under this APS. Please read section 3 of the APS.

 

Q10: “Could we possibly ask for more details on the impact level that you were looking for? “

A10: Please read the full APS document to better understand the impact level TIF seeks.

 

Q11: “We are a small family business with a network of other small businesses all striving to improve our exports numbers of spices and pulses…

Sterilization cost continues impacting our bottom line by ~ 15% and is controlled by one supplier charging a premium.

this sterilization machine would improve the cost of goods in our network and allow us as a small business community to expand compliantly to new markets.

We’d appreciate a reconsideration or alternative options which you can support”

A11: Please read the full APS document to better understand the impact level TIF seeks. TIF prioritizes sector-level support, which means benefiting more than one company.

 

Q12: “We are a Lebanese manufacturer. We are interested to learn more, let us know when we can schedule a virtual meeting in order to get additional clarifications and move forward.”

A12: Please read the full APS document to better understand the impact level TIF seeks. Please submit any specific questions you have to grants@tifproject.com

 

Q13: “What is the approximate expected size of the grant?”

A13: TIF has no specific amount per grant. Funding depends on project plans and impact. Development Plans are evaluated based on a set of criteria listed in the APS.

 

Q14: “What is the minimum expected investment from our part?”

A14: There is no minimum cost-share requirements. Applicants are highly encouraged to co-invest in the Development Plans to demonstrate commitment.

 

Q15: “Are there any other kinds of support we will be getting from TIFLeb?”

A15: TIF provides support through the following mechanisms: (i) Grants, (ii) investment facilitation, (iii) technical assistance, (iv) partnerships/subcontracts through Requests for Proposal (RFP).

 

Q16: “The APS information document mentions April 24th, 2023 as the final closing date of the competition, but it also indicates that the submitted project cannot go beyond April 30th, 2023. Could you please provide me with further information on the application submission deadline as well as when will the decision be displayed?”

A16: The deadline for submitting applications under this APS is April 24, 2023. TIF usually responds to applicants within one month of the submission date. Applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as possible as funding will be limited and the APS will close when funding is obligated.

 

Q17: “Concerning the export facilitations that you cover, what does it include? Does it include: Logistics? Shipping?  Exhibition? (stands. Business development in the country of destination? Linkage with buyers?Expenses incurred for linking suppliers to buyers?”

A17: Export facilitation can cover a wide range of activities such as experts fees, business development, linkages, marketing , and event costs. Shipping cost and samples cannot be covered.

 

Q18: “What is the minimum number of applicants under one cluster?”

A18: There is no specific number. The cluster should be sizeable enough to represent the sector; have the ability to increase sales volume considerably; and create jobs accordingly.

 

Q19: “What shall be the number of consultants with expertise at the consultancy company applying for APF/ TIF project and working on it?”

A19: It depends on the needs of the proposed project.

 

Q20: “Will the budget proposed in the SOW cover Consultancy company fees, proposed activities fees (branding, export certificates, etc.) and participants financial support?”

A20: This will be assessed based on the proposed development plan and TIF eligibility criteria. Please note that company fees, such as profit, are not allowed to be charged to TIF under a grant agreement.

 

Q21: “Is interior design and design execution part of manufacturing?”

A21: It depends on the proposed Development Plan (DP). If the DP is targeting the growth of the services of the interior designer it is the considered under the Knowledge Economy sector.  If it helps design manufacturers to grow, it is considered under the Manufacturing sector.

 

Q22: “Is artisanal and craftsmanship furniture (bamboo, biophilic, metal, etc.) part of manufacturing?”

A22: Yes. Applicants must be registered entities with industrial certificate.

 

Q23: “Will the proposed scope of work cover the total cluster or we need to plan tailored activities for each activities in other words activities on cluster level and activities on company level?”

A23: Proposed activities can be mix of both cluster and company-specific, depending on the proposed impact.

 

Q24: “Can we include beneficiaries from different sectors (or sub-sectors) to be targeted in one application?”

A24: Yes, benefitting entities can be from different subsectors under one sector if the entities are related with a cross-cutting need or complimentary to each other.

 

Q25: “Should the targeted beneficiaries be registered entities? or can they be informal businesses?”

A25: Applicants must be registered entities.

 

Q26: “In question 30c, How do you prefer the proposed impact measurement KPIs to be showcased in the APS? Is it by number of export deals? or by linkages made? or jobs created?”

A26: Development plans are evaluated based on the proposed impact realism and a cost benefit review. Please review section I of the APS document for selection criteria.

 

Q27:” In question 30e, Should the list of buyers be an exhaustive list or just few potential buyers serve the purpose of the application?”

A27: List of buyers can be a preliminary list at this stage. Demonstrating evidence of knowledge and/or engagement of this list will be evaluated higher.

 

Q28: “How can we specify the USD amount of exports if they are still not done yet? Should we include a collective amount summing all the beneficiaries expected exports to be achieved within the project?”

A28: Export numbers must be estimated based on the beneficiaries current baseline and the potential growth. Demonstrating evidence of knowledge of this baseline will be evaluated higher.

 

Q29: “What is the nature of jobs to be created eligible within this project? part-time? full time? official employment? informal employment? seasonal?”

A29: Jobs can include all of the above variations of employment.

 

Q30: “Will you be needing a budget detailed breakdown at this stage? Do you prefer an inclusive rate per session including all the costs (administrative, transportation, training venue) or you prefer to detail the budget lines each one aside? and do you have a list of ineligible budget lines?”

A30: Budget breakdown must detail the type of support requested from TIF. Please review section V of the APS document for list of ineligible goods. 

 

Q31: “Can we include small grants for beneficiaries within this call?”

A31: Small grants are allowed and should be part of the total requested budget and the small grant must be tied to a specific TIF target.

 

Q32: “Can we restrict our beneficiaries to female entrepreneurs only?”

A32: Yes, TIF promotes a fair and inclusive gender participation in all partnerships. 

 

Q33: “Can the organization that submits a proposal be a foreign entity, but with the scope of the project being in Lebanon or it should be fully Lebanese?”

A33: Applicants can be registered in Lebanon or abroad but not in prohibited countries. Please review section V of the APS document for list of prohibited countries.  

 

Q34: “Is this call for partnership open to start ups at seed stage looking for seed funding? At what stage of our start up would we be eligible for such a program?

A34: This call for partnership is open to all types of registered entities provided they are able to generate impactful and realistic results within TIF timeframe and in line with TIF targets. Seed stage startups are usually unable to meet these requirements.

 

Q35: “Should we already be registered? 

A35: Applicants must be registered in Lebanon or abroad but not in prohibited countries as mentioned in the APS document. Please review section V of the APS document for list of prohibited countries. 

 

Q36: “If we are not eligible to the TIF program can you maybe direct us to a program for startups at seed stage?”

A36: TIF cannot currently make referrals to other programs.

Questions and answers will be updated here on a weekly basis.
 
Please submit your questions about the TIF-APS-02 to grants@tifproject.com by May 31, 2022.
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