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 Points (See Decision-making Information).

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). You can find additional information on project access below. Click here for a more detailed explanation of the rules governing the cycles for GEF-financed Projects and Programs. 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) for full or medium-sized projects, 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 PFD. More information about the PPG is available here.

Access preparatory support for national dialogues and reports
Partner with a GEF Agency
Develop strong concept notes and project proposals
Submit a Funding proposal
Involve the private sector
Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Disaster risk reduction, Ecosystem adaptation, Education, Energy efficiency, Forestry and Land-Use, Gender, Health, Industry and Infrastructure, Jobs and Livelihoods, Oceans and Coastal Resources, Poverty, Renewable Energy, Rural, Transportation, Urban, Waste management, Water
Type of support provider 
Type of recipient 
Public entity at the national level, International organization, Non-profit or civil society organization, Private sector, Other
Fund size 

USD 4.05 billion, out of which, USD 798 million is allocated to climate change.

Co-financing required 
Application timeframe 

On a rolling basis.

Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information
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