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Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) aims to help developing countries and economies in transition contribute to the overall objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to mitigate climate change, while enabling sustainable economic development. The GEF is intended to cover the incremental costs of a measure to address climate change relative to a business as usual base line. Additionally, the GEF has multiple, focused initiatives:

Support provider 
Global Environment Facility
Purpose of support 
Project and program implementation
Steps to access  

The process to secure funding/financial support involves several actors including the national government, project proponents (either a government entity or private sector actor), GEF Partner Agencies, the GEF Secretariat, the GEF Council, and others (see section on "Decision-making information" above. Entities seeking GEF funding work with the GEF Partner Agency of their choice to submit project proposals. The selection of the GEF Partner Agency is formalized through a letter of endorsement issued by the country’s Operational Focal Point, which is the country entity coordinating GEF activities within the country and appraising project ideas against eligibility criteria. The complete list of Operational Focal Points, including name, position, government agency, complete address, phone, fax and e-mail, can be accessed here.

The process to secure funding varies depending on whether the activities relate to Full-sized Projects (GEF Project Financing of more than US $2 million), Medium-sized Projects (GEF Project Financing of less than or equivalent to USD 2 million), or Programs (consisting of various distinct projects that could be either full or medium-sized). The process to access funding from the GEF is listed below. GEF Agencies and proponents of medium-sized projects can skip steps 1-3 below and submit a Medium-size Project Approval Request to the CEO Secretariat instead. Click here for more detailed information. Relevant templates and forms can be found here.

Additionally, the GEF offers a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) to support project preparation costs. The amount of funding available is proportional to the size of the project. This support can be requested at any time before obtaining the CEO Secretariat's approval of a Project Identification Form (PIF) for Full-sized Projects (FSP), Medium-Sized Projects (MSP), or a Program Framework Document (PFD) for programs. For child projects under a program, PPGs can be individually requested after or when the Council approves the Program Framework Document (PFD). More information about the PPG is available here.

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Concept Development
2
Secretariat's Review of Concept
3
Council Review of Concept
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Project Development
5
Secretariat's Review of Project
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CEO's Review of Project
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Implementation
Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Ecosystem adaptation, Education, Energy efficiency, Forestry and Land-Use, Industry and Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Rural, Transportation, Urban, Waste management, Oceans and Coastal Resources, Disaster risk reduction, Health, Gender, Jobs and Livelihoods, Poverty, Water
Type of support provider 
Multilateral
Type of recipient 
Public entity at the national level, Non-profit or civil society organization, International organization, Other
Fund size 

USD 4.05 billion, out of which, USD 802 million is allocated to climate change.

Co-financing required 
Yes
Application timeframe 

On a rolling basis.

Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information 
http://www.thegef.org/gef/