Financing opportunities

Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)




Support adaptation and technology transfer projects and programs that: are country-driven, cost-effective and integrated into national sustainable development and poverty-reduction strategies; and take into account national communications or NAPAs and other relevant studies and information provided by the Party.


Water resources management; land management; agriculture; health; infrastructure development; fragile ecosytems (inc. mountain ecosystems); integrated coastal zone management; climatic disaster risk management; implementation of the results of technology needs assessments; technology information; capacity building for technology transfer; enabling environments; technology transfer.

Eligible organisations:

Public and private entities

Eligible Projects or Programmes:

The four main project categories that can be considered are: health; agriculture; water; and infrastructure. However, public health; education systems; infrastructure for rural development; and water sanitation are not eligible project topics.

Proposal/Application requirements:

The projects must have additional sources of co-financing, as the SCCF grants do not completely fund projects but should act to catalyze other sources of financing. Projects must address impacts of climate change on a vulnerable socio-economic sector that are above and beyond the development baseline - which does not include improved public or education, for example. The proposed activities should also achieve integration of climate change risk reduction strategies, policies, and practices into specific sectors or include institutional and constituency capacity building and awareness raising components.

Proposal evaluation criteria:

Review criteria for the PIF can be found in the Accessing Resources under the SCCF document. The review questions can be summarized in four categories of critical information that must be available in a PIF submission: Basic project idea (adaptation benefit and additional
cost argument for adaptation projects), fit with Countries priorities, implementation setup, indicative budget and co-financing. A list of review questions asked during the internal review process at the PIF level in the GEF Secretariat is available online.

How to Apply:

1. The SCCF Project Proponent develops a concept for a project and requests assistance from an Implementing Agency of the GEF, and secures the endorsement of the national GEF Operational Focal Point.

2. For full-sized Projects (FSP), over USD 1 million, submission starts with a Project Identification Form (PIF) that has to be sent and approved by the LDCF/SCCF Council, the GEF agency then works with the Project Proponent to develop the project fully into a detailed Full Project Document (FPD).

3. For medium-sized project (MSP) MSPs, those of USD 1 million or below, the proponent can start by submitting a detailed FPD. After the project document is approved by the GEF CEO, implementation can begin. However, if the proponent desires to access a Project Preparation Grant (PPG), an approved PIF is required for MSPs also.

Funding limit for individual projects:

Not determined

Activities supported:

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