Green Climate Fund (GCF) - Readiness Programme

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Program provides resources for strengthening the institutional capacities of National Designated Authorities (NDAs) or focal points and Direct Access Entities to efficiently engage with the Fund. Resources may be provided in the form of grants up to USD 1 million per country per year or technical assistance.

The Readiness Program is a component of the larger GCF, which was set up in 2010 and aims to promote the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change, taking into account the needs of those developing countries particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The GCF is an operating entity of the Financial Mechanism of the UNFCCC and of the Financial Mechanism of the Paris Agreement.

Purpose of support 
Scoping and project preparation
Creating enabling environments and building institutional capacity
Complying with reporting requirements
Steps to access  
Scoping of activities
Request support
Review the request
Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
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, Health, Gender, Jobs and Livelihoods, Poverty, 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 

Adaptation Fund cumulative pledged funding: USD 10.3 billion (as of September 2016). Initial resource mobilization period lasts from 2015 to 2018. The Readiness Programme was initially set up with USD 15 million.

Co-financing required 
Application timeframe 

For adaptation planning oriented proposals, proposals can be submitted at any time.

For Readiness proposals that are not Adaptation Planning support, the Fund has 3 deadlines as follows:

  • 28 February 2018
  • 31 May 2018
  • 30 September 2018, to be considered for 2018 allocation

The Fund will announce the 2019 deadlines for Readiness proposals beyond adaptation planning once it is decided.

Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information
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