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Call for agrifood SMEs/Startups interested in receiving small grants to improve their business

EIT Food South
Deadline: 30 April 2025
  • What are we looking for?

  • EIT Food is recruiting agrifood SMEs and startups with economic activity in Madrid providing services/products, which can benefit from small grants (€2.300) to become more sustainable while addressing the issue of food insecurity.

    Related to EIT Food’s mission, Healthier Lives Through Food, AMPLE is giving economic support to agrifood SMEs and startups to find innovative solutions for affordable products. We want to encourage SMEs to improve their production process or innovate the properties of a food product to provide more affordable, accessible, and healthier food in Madrid.

    The activity leading to improvement should take place and be reported on 6 months after the activity started. We particularly encourage applications from businesses led by under-represented groups.

    Main duties & responsabilities:

    • Put in place an action plan to improve the business to produce more affordable, accessible, and healthier food.
    • Promote the award of the boost voucher mentioning the Ample Programme, EIT Food and Citi through social media and website.
    • Actively participate and promote the events related to Ample through social media and website.
    • Continuously coordinate with the EIT Food team to effectively implement the action plan and receive feedback.
    • Prepare a final report that provides a comprehensive overview of the accomplishments: description of the implementation process, points of sale, number of sales and profits, and job creation after improvements.
    • Respect the EIT Food branding guidelines and visuals in any communication material
    • Ineligible costs that are not permitted to be funded with the Boost Voucher are any real estate or capital asset having a useful life longer than 1 year. (eg: computer equipment, kitchen equipment, property, car/van)

Time Line

Deadline for receiving applications

30 April 2025 Conditioned by fund availability

Communication of evaluation process to beneficiaries

1 month after the reception of the application

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (legal docs)

1 month after the selection/communication date

Implementation of improvements

6 months after the signature of MoU


6 months after the implementation of improvements.

About AMPLE Programme

The Citi Foundation launched its first ever Global Innovation Challenge in February 2023 to help scale the impact of nonprofits around the world that are developing innovative solutions to improve food security. EIT Food was one of the 50 organisations worldwide to receive funding from the Citi Foundation to design and pilot the AMPLE Programme to strengthen the physical and financial health of low-income communities. The Programme started in Madrid in October 2023 and runs until 30 September 2025.

AMPLE provides training courses, learning resources and networking opportunities to vulnerable communities to help them enter the agrifood labor market. EIT Food is working with 3 non-profit organisations to run training courses focused on healthy and sustainable cooking, regenerative agriculture, and agrifood entrepreneurship.

Another important goal of AMPLE is to support startups and small businesses (SMEs) in the agrifood sector to improve their production process and create healthier and more sustainable products. AMPLE is distributing 30 ‘Boost Vouchers’ (small grants of Euro 2300) to agrifood startups and small businesses to encourage innovation and create healthy food alternative

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