(2) Does my project have catalytic and innovative potential to create enabling environments for EbA?
Catalytic: A targeted intervention that leads to a transformative shift at a systemic level at either a global, regional, national, or sub-national scale
Innovative: Projects that are yet to be proven, are at the initial stages of development or are yet to be tested in a different context and can take the shape of an approach, a process, a practical tool or an application. It is based on horizontal and collaborative working practices that consider diverse views and the context in which the innovation occurs.
Catalytic and innovative projects are achieved, for example, by piloting innovative or unique approaches to 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 and shifting business models.
(8) Does my project 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.
(9) Does my project clearly demonstrate how results will be maintained and developed after the funding period?
The Global EbA Fund prioritises 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 applicable. If 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. An exit strategy for the project is a requirement.
(10) Does my project partner with local institutions or organisations?
The Global EbA Fund seeks to catalyse new partnerships and collaborations and unlikely matches between new and non-traditional partners. The Fund seeks to reach out beyond traditional conservation actors and constituencies to attract all actors and constituencies relevant to EbA and climate change adaptation. The Fund seeks diverse applicants with relevant experience and local partnerships and local presence.
Projects may have a global, thematic, regional and/or country-specific focus. It is strongly advised that country-level projects include partners that are based in the country and in the area of project activities where possible.
In line with current IKI policies, the Fund will not grant directly to government partners. UNEP and IUCN offices are not currently eligible.