Adaptation Fund - Readiness Grants
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.
The Adaptation Fund's Readiness Programme for Climate Finance aims to help strengthen the capacity of national and regional implementing entities to receive and manage climate financing, particularly through the Direct Access modality. The Adaptation Fund Board has made available several small grants under the Readiness Programme to help National Implementing Entities (NIEs) provide peer support to countries seeking accreditation with the Fund and to build capacity for undertaking various climate finance readiness activities.
These grants include:
South-South Cooperation Grants (SSCs) meant to increase peer-to-peer support among accredited National Implementing Entities (NIEs) and those seeking accreditation. These grants are aimed at strengthening the capacity of countries seeking accreditation with the Fund to undertake activities, and to prepare and submit relevant documents that lead to accreditation with the Fund.
Project Formulation Assistance Grants (PFAs) offer additional small grants on top of Project Formulation Grants (PFGs) and available for NIEs that need funding to undertake a specific technical assessment (i.e. environmental impact assessment, vulnerability assessment etc.) during the project preparation and design stage.
Technical Assistance Grants (TAs) offer small grants to help NIEs build their capacity to address and manage environmental and social as well as gender associated risks within their projects/programmes in accordance with the Fund’s Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) and Gender Policy. Through this grant, NIEs have the option to hire consultant(s) to help them address these issues. There are two types of Technical Assistance grants:
- The TA Grants for ESP and Gender Policy help enable NIEs to put in place safeguards to address social and environmental risks as wells as gender related issues posed by adaptation projects and programmes.
- The TA Grant for Gender Policy enable NIEs that have previously received a TA Grant for ESP before the Fund’s Gender Policy was in place (as of 2016) to update their environmental and social safeguards by integrating gender within their social and environmental policies and procedures.
NIEs 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 constraints have the option of obtaining accreditation via the Streamlined Accreditation Process. 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.
In order to become accredited, entities are required to meet the legal and fiduciary standards adopted by the Board as detailed in the Operational Policies and Guidelines.
Countries seeking accreditation with the Adaptation Fund can submit through an eligible accredited NIE, a proposal for peer support to prepare and submit an application for accreditation to the Fund. The country seeking accreditation can contact an accredited NIE of their choice to initiate dialogue and work with the NIE to see through the submission of the proposal to receive peer support.
Find an overview of activities eligible for the Adaptation Fund's Readiness Programme here. Reference approved Readiness grants here.
Check here for updates on calls for proposals and application guidelines.
The Adaptation Fund Board accepts and considers project and program proposals three times a year. The next submission deadline can be found on the Events Calendar.