Project Preparation Grants (PPG) Funds: A Pathway to Sustainable Trade Development

Project Preparation Grants (PPGs) are a valuable resource for developing countries seeking to enhance their trade capacity in the area of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures. These grants, which can provide funding of up to US$50,000, aim to support the preparation of technically sound, innovative, and sustainable projects.

The grants can be utilized for various purposes, such as conducting SPS-related capacity evaluations, preparing feasibility studies, and formulating project proposals. By addressing specific SPS capacity building needs, these projects contribute to the overall goal of facilitating international trade.

The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) is the organization responsible for providing these grants. STDF recognizes the challenges faced by developing countries in articulating their SPS needs into viable project proposals. The PPGs offered by STDF are designed to help overcome these constraints and enable countries to access funding from STDF or other donors.

Applicants for PPGs can be public sector entities, private sector entities, non-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or STDF partners. Public sector entities, including regional or international bodies, are encouraged to collaborate with the private sector in implementing projects and activities. Private sector entities, such as farmers’ organizations or trade associations, can also apply for these grants. Non-profit NGOs with expertise in the SPS area are eligible, provided they have an organization in the beneficiary country or countries.

To apply for a PPG, interested parties should carefully read the guidance provided by STDF. The guidance includes instructions for completing the application form, which can be submitted via email to Before final submission, applicants are encouraged to contact the STDF Secretariat at to discuss their PPG idea.

By offering Project Preparation Grants, STDF aims to empower developing countries to effectively address their SPS capacity building needs and foster sustainable trade development. For more information and to access the PPG application form, please visit the STDF website: Click here

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