What We Fund


What We Fund

The Global EbA Fund is a catalytic funding mechanism that supports projects that aim to create enabling environments for the uptake and mainstreaming of Ecosystem-based Adaptation to climate change. 

All proposed projects requesting funding must clearly contribute to one of the Global EbA Fund Strategic Objectives as well as fall under a maximum of two of the three action pillars.

Projects must not focus primarily on field implementation in the scope of the proposal. Field interventions are allowed if clearly justified. 

Overall, while the Fund’s strategic objectives define the overarching aim and direction for the projects – the “What” – the action pillars focus on “How” these can be reached within the scope of the Fund. 

Grant Selection Criteria

The Global EbA Fund supports catalytic projects that help people adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.

Global EbA Fund grants range from USD 50,000 to USD 250,000, with an encouraged duration of up to 24 months.

Our grant selection criteria concern both the project and the wider context for its implementation. Global EbA Fund grants should be complementary to and add value to existing work, by filling a gap in an existing project, enhancing the impact of an investment in EbA, contributing to policy upscaling of EbA, and/or serving to develop a larger proposal to another funding mechanism.

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In summary, we support projects that…

  • result in catalytic impact and/or are innovative1, such as by piloting innovative approaches for EbA, removing barriers from upscaling EbA interventions at the policy or landscape levels, strategic and focused EbA policy mainstreaming, supporting innovative finance mechanisms for EbA, incentivising private sector investment in EbA, and supporting unlikely matches between partners; shifting business models.
  • add value to or upscale existing work. Projects should fill a gap in existing work, address a knowledge gap, contribute to policy upscaling, enhance the impact of an investment in EbA, and/or serve to develop a larger proposal for another funding mechanism. Projects should leverage existing knowledge, standards, partnerships, experiences, and best practices or fill gaps therein to facilitate the creation of enabling environment for increased uptake and/or impact of EbA. Global EbA Fund projects should not be standalone interventions. As such, projects must not focus primarily on field implementation in the scope of the proposal, though field implementation may be a component if clearly justified.
  • prioritise project sustainability and financial continuity. The project should have a clear plan for how results will be maintained and developed past the end of the funding period. This should include environmental, infrastructural, institutional, social and financial sustainability considerations as applicableIf follow-up(s) to the proposed project will require a budget and/or time frame outside of that offered by the Fund – for instance, if the project will develop a larger project proposal to a different funding mechanism – the applicant should clearly articulate anticipated funding options, including any market-based, private sector, or public sector funding opportunities. Exit strategy for the project is a requirement.

1Please refer to the Glossary and the Grants Procedures Manual for definitions of catalytic and innovative

And prioritise applicants that…

  • are well-grounded in the proposed region or area of work.
  • have experience with the size and type of project proposed.
  • are inclusive of local communities, indigenous knowledge and gender perspectives.


Projects may have a global, thematic, regional and/or country-specific focus.

  • If the project has a country-specific focus, it must be targeted to one or more countries which are eligible for official development assistance (ODA) based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) list at the time of application.
  • Regional/multi-country projects, particularly projects designed to foster regional exchange and achieve regional-scale impacts, are eligible. For multi-country projects, which are projects involving activities in more than one country, all of the countries must be ODA-eligible.
  • Projects with a global or thematic focus, not targeted to a specific region or country, are also eligible.

The Fund seeks diverse applicants with relevant experience and local partnerships and presence.

  • In line with current IKI policies, the Fund will not grant directly to government partners.
  • UNEP and IUCN offices are not currently eligible.

The Fund encourages project durations of up to 24 months, but may consider up to 36 months. Additional justification is required for projects seeking longer than 24 months.

Grants will be in the range of USD 50,000 to USD 250,000.

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Applicants should consider whether the project fulfils these requirements and whether they have the capacity to offer and implement projects of this nature.

For full details, please refer to the Global EbA Fund Grant Procedures Manual.

See more about How to Apply.

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