Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which is a living page and is updated frequently.

How do I apply to the Global EbA Fund? How can I access application documents?

All application documents must be submitted via email to Submit.EbAFund@iucn.org. Applications must be submitted in English. Official documents of the organisation and register entries must be translated into English.

All Application Documents, including the Grant Procedures Manual, Concept Stage Application Packet and Full Proposal Stage Application Packet, are available under “How to Apply“.

Who is eligible to apply? What sort of projects are eligible to apply?

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.

In a multi-country arrangement for a Global EbA Fund grant, does the budget holder need to be in one of the ODA qualified countries identified?

The applicant organisation, which will sign the agreement with the Global EbA Fund and is therefore the principal budget holder, does not have to be located in one of the identified beneficiary countries. However, in this case they should have working experience in the project country/countries, EbA experience/expertise, and one or more local partners.

In what language can I submit my application?

Applications must be submitted in English. Official documents of the organisation and register entries must be translated into English.

What is the grant range? What is the average size of each grant?

Grants issued will be in the range of USD 50,000 to USD 250,000 (of maximum three years in duration). In exceptional circumstances of project need, a grant up to a maximum amount of USD 500,000 may be issued. The total funds disbursed will amount to around USD 14,000,000 over five years.

What is the deadline for the submission of Concept Notes for the Global EbA Fund Call for Proposals?

The Fund will accept and review applications year-round and make biannual funding decisions. In 2021, the biannual funding decisions will be in July 2021 and November 2021. The cut-off dates for consideration will be April 30, 2021 and August 30, 2021 at 23:59 UTC+2, respectively. Applications received after the cut-off dates will be considered for the next round.

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, including due diligence processes. These applicants will then have six weeks to submit their full proposal.

Learn more under “How to Apply“.

When should I expect to hear back on the outcome of my application?

Only successful applicants will be contacted. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide individual feedback on unsuccessful applications. Once completed, the website will be updated via the Announcements page.

Do concept notes need to address all Global EbA Fund Strategic Objectives?

No, it is not necessary to address all the specified Global EbA Fund Objectives, although it is required that projects address one or more.  However, the project concept must address the key components of EbA and be of an innovative/catalytic nature.

Learn more in the Grant Procedures Manual under “How to Apply“.

Is the entire list of applicant requirements needed when the concept note is submitted?

All the applicant requirements specified are to be submitted at the concept note stage.

Is it permissible to issue small grants under the proposed project?

No, the Global EbA Fund will not support a small grants program directly.

Can government partners be involved in the proposal?

In line with current IKI policies, the Fund will not grant directly to government partners but will provide grants to organisations working directly with national, sub-national and local governments to create an enabling environment for EbA and support implementation of strategic partnerships. Thus, government partners/entities can be beneficiaries but should not receive any of the funding.

Are UNEP and IUCN eligible to apply for funding from the Global EbA Fund?

UNEP and IUCN offices are not currently eligible to apply for funding from the Global EbA Fund.

Can proposals be new or stand-alone projects/programmes?

While the project should be innovative, it should not be a standalone intervention. Instead, it should add value to existing structures. For example, this could encompass adding an EbA perspective to an existing conservation or development project, filling a knowledge gap, upscaling policy, integrating EbA approaches into conservation project, creating an innovative finance mechanism for EbA, etc.

Are coalitions considered an acceptable project applicant?

Consortia are welcome to apply. However, there should be a clearly defined lead agency, the “Applicant Organisation”, as detailed in the concept note template. This agency, if successful, would be the responsible contract party.

Are individuals eligible to apply for funding through the Global EbA Fund (e.g., for PhD study)?

The Global EbA Fund is open only to organisations with established legal status and cannot be applied toward funding for individual study. However, the institution’s legal entity, which may be eligible for funding, may apply.

Where can I find the concept note templates?

The concept note templates are available under Application Documents.

Will the project implementation and reporting reminders be in line with IKI procedures?

Global EbA Fund projects follow the Global EbA Fund procedures. These currently include some IKI procedures and where these are included, they will be identified in the grant agreements.

Can we submit potential project sites and then select the specific site during project implementation?

It is expected that your site(s) is (are) very specific in the concept note stage and does not change later in the process.

Can we submit a concept note without the financial audit or will we be disqualified for not meeting that requirement, even though we have a promise of audit?

You will need to provide audited financial statements at the concept note stage as described in the Call for Proposals to be qualified for consideration. If they are not yet available, you may consider applying during the next Call for Proposals once you have completed the financial audit.

Can organisations submit more than one proposal?

Yes, organisations may submit more than one proposal, as long as proposed projects meet all eligibility criteria.

Find out more under How to Apply.

How do I ensure I can access and fill out the Global EbA Fund application form properly if my internet connection is not very good?

The Global EbA Fund is designed to allow easy access to application documents from anywhere in the world and to accommodate use from devices with low bandwidth. The Global EbA Fund is currently accepting applications via email submission. However, please plan ahead to submit in advance of the deadline so that you can resolve any internet connection issues that arise.

Will the Global EbA Fund be flexible if applicants need to modify a proposal due to a COVID-19 outbreak or other COVID-19 related risk?

Yes. Applicants are encouraged, at the proposal stage, to consider how the evolving COVID-19 situation may impact project coordination or implementation. Grantees will be encouraged to continue working whenever possible via telework (or other appropriate form of remote work), in order not to interrupt proposed activities.

Will the submission deadline change due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Global EbA Fund Secretariat is monitoring the dynamic situation of COVID-19. Any change to the deadline would be communicated through this website as well as on Twitter and LinkedIn.

What is Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)?

EbA approaches offer a way to integrate climate change resilience into large-scale and long-term planning of global landscapes. Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help people to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change (CBD, 2009 2010). EbA supports the integrated management of land, water and living resources, including humans, which promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way.

How does EbA fit into the larger scheme of Nature-based Solutions (NbS)?

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are defined as actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems to address societal challenges, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefit (IUCN Global Standard for NbS, 2020). The sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and scalability of NbS make them one of the best tools available to ensure the necessary transformative change to mitigate climate change.

As an umbrella term, NbS encompasses approaches of working with nature, such as ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and ecosystem-based mitigation (EbM). NbS as an overarching concept can be used to support communication and mainstreaming of these different subsets across international, multilateral agreements/global frameworks and their audiences. Bringing clarity to the terminology is critical to mainstream understanding and ensure the incorporation of NbS approaches worldwide.

What is the Global EbA Fund?

Read about the Global EbA Fund here.

Who implements the Global EbA Fund?

The Global EbA Fund is implemented by IUCN and UNEP. IUCN and UNEP support target countries in implementing EbA measures to meet their global plans and commitments. The measures funded by this programme are supported by specific expertise- and capacity-building, while strengthening information, knowledge and political will for nature-based solutions for adaptation. To do so, IUCN and UNEP are drawing on their extensive existing networks, tools and expertise, including Friends of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (FEBA) and the Global Adaptation Network (GAN).

How is the Global EbA Fund financed?

Through its International Climate Initiative (IKI), the Federal Environment Ministry of Germany has committed 20 million euros to the Fund. IKI operates within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), financing climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation in developing, emerging and transition countries. Since 2008 to 2020, IKI approved more than 750 climate and biodiversity projects with a total funding volume of over EUR 4.5 billion in more than 60 countries.

How can I stay up-to-date on Global EbA Fund information and calls for proposals?

Review and check the Global EbA Fund website frequently for more information, including Calls for Proposals, resources and more: www.GlobalEbAFund.org. Follow the Global EbA Fund on Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up-to-date.

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