Adaptation Fund

The Adaptation Fund was established to finance concrete adaptation projects and programs in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol and are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Additionally, the Adaptation Fund has multiple, focused initiatives:

Support provider 
Adaptation Fund
Purpose of support 
Project and program implementation
Steps to access  

To receive money directly from the Adaptation Fund, entities need to be accredited as an “implementing entity.” See section “Other eligibility criteria” for more details. Implementing entities can be international (like the World Bank), regional (like the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program or SPREP) or national (like a country’s environment ministry). Only one national entity can be accredited per developing country. A list of currently accredited institutions can be found on the Adaptation Fund’s website. Note that entities that prefer to not apply for accreditation have the option of partnering with an institution that is already accredited. For example, implementing entities often partner with smaller local organization to execute activities on the ground. Accreditation with the Adaptation Fund is valid for five years. Before the end of the accreditation period, the entity can request accreditation renewal by submitting an expression of interest. Requirements for accreditation renewal should be submitted nine months prior to their accreditation expiration date.

National and regional implementing entities fall under the Adaptation Fund’s Direct Access modality, which enables direct access to financing and management of all aspects of projects, from design through implementation, to monitoring and evaluation. Direct Access allows developing countries to strengthen capacity to adapt to climate change and build on local expertise.

National entities with institutional capacity constrains have the option of obtaining accreditation via the “Streamlined Accreditation Process.” This process allows entities to submit alternative documentation for each standard. If successful they can access a smaller amount of funding than the usual, while working on strengthening their capacities to meet the accreditation requirements through the usual documentation, as appropriate.

Project Formulation Grants (PFGs) are available to accredited national implementing entities (NIEs) to build the capacity of NIEs in project preparation and design. NIEs that are in the concept development stage of the Fund’s project cycle process can request a PFG up to USD 30,000 together with their submission of the project concept to the Board.

Additionally, Project Formulation Assistance (PFA) grants of up to USD 20,000 are available to help NIEs tap into external expertise in the form of short-term consultant assignments to undertake specific technical assessments such as an environmental impact assessment (EIA), vulnerability assessment (VA), risk assessment, gender study, and other environmental and social assessments. The PFA grant application form is available here and can be requested when NIEs submit their project concepts during the two-step approval process.

The graphic below shows the steps to access the Adaptation Fund. Click on each step to see a detailed description and relevant materials (templates, guidance, etc.). For more information visit the Adaptation Fund Website.

Direct Access Accreditation (Option 1)
Streamlined Accreditation Process (Option 2)
Re-accreditation Process (Option 3)
Partner with an Existing Implementing Entity (Option 4)
Prepare and Submit Concept Note and/or Project Proposal
Obtain Endorsement by the Designated Authority
Submit Project Proposal
Provide Additional Information, if requested, and Obtain Project Approval
Climate objective 
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Ecosystem adaptation, Energy efficiency, Forestry and Land-Use, Industry and Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Rural, Transportation, Urban, Waste management, Oceans and Coastal Resources, Disaster risk reduction, Gender, Water
Type of support provider 
Type of recipient 
Public entity at the national level, Public entity at the sub-national level, Public entity at the regional level, Private sector, Non-profit or civil society organization, Community-level organization, International organization, Other
Fund size 

USD 476 million

Co-financing required 
Application timeframe 

The Adaptation Fund Board accepts and considers project and program proposals three times a year. The next submission deadline can be found on the calendar, on this website.

Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information
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