What We Fund

Grant Selection Criteria

The Global EbA Fund grant selection criteria concern both the project and the wider context for its implementation, all to help people to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. 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, such as by piloting innovative or “unproven” 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.
  • Add value to or upscale existing work. Projects should fill a gap in existing climate change work, address a knowledge gap, contribute to policy upscaling, enhance the impact of an investment in EbA to climate change, and/or serve to develop a larger proposal to another funding mechanism. Projects should leverage existing knowledge, standards, partnerships, experiences, and best practices or filling gaps therein to facilitate increased uptake and/or impact of EbA. Global EbA Fund projects should not be standalone interventions. As such, projects should not focus primarily on field implementation of a new intervention in the scope of the proposal, though field implementation may be a component.
  • Create impact with a Global EbA Fund contribution of USD 50,000 to USD 250,000 and are either targeted to one or more countries which are eligible for official development assistance (ODA), or are projects that are global or thematic.

And prioritise applicants that…

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

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.

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How to Apply

The Fund will accept and review applications year-round and make biannual funding decisions. In 2021, the cut-off dates for consideration are 30 April 2021 and 15 September 2021 at 23:59 UTC+2. Applications received after the cut-off dates will be considered for the next round (i.e., those received after the first cut-off date of 30 April 2021 at 23:59 UTC+2 will be considered for the November 2021 biannual funding decision).

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal Stage Application Packet, including due diligence processes.

Furthermore, at any stage the Fund may also launch specific Calls for Proposals that may set a strategic and/or geographic focus that will need to be considered in addition to the general grant selection criteria.

Please consult the Grant Procedures Manual to see if your project concept will meet all grant-selection criteria and eligibility requirements. All application documents and templates are available under “How to Apply”.

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Calls for Proposals

The Global EbA Fund is currently accepting applications. The remaining application cut-off for 2021 is 15 September 2021 at 23:59 UTC+2. Check our Announcements page for updates and more details.

Data Protection and Privacy Policy

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), acting as the secretariat for the Global EbA Fund, are committed to respecting your privacy in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. I declare:

  • I hereby authorise the treatment of my personal data (country and type of institution) under the “Support for the Implementation and Upscaling of Ecosystem-based Adaptation” Project, for reporting purposes;
  • The data collected will be used for reporting purposes under the “Support for the Implementation and Upscaling of Ecosystem-based Adaptation” Project and access will be granted to the project coordination team;
  • The data collected will be stored for up to 10 years.

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