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
Steps to access  

All readiness funding requests must be initiated by a developing country NDA or focal point. This is the case whether the support will directly benefit the developing country NDA, or if it is to support a Direct Access Entity. The funding itself can be managed by different bodies depending on the type of support requested. These may be the NDA itself, or by a delivery partner. The delivery partner may be a direct access accredited entity, a Direct Access Entity that aims to become accredited to the Fund, or another body. A completed readiness template.andreadiness budget and procurement plan should be submitted to the GCF Secretariat by the NDA. It can be submitted by email to countries@gcfund.org

1
Know what activities are eligible for readiness support
2
Become an accredited entity
3
Develop a readiness proposal
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 
Multilateral
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 

Readiness Program cumulative pledged funding: USD 10.3 billion (as of December 2018). Initial resource mobilization period lasts from 2015 to 2018. In February 2019, the GCF adopted a budget of USD 122.5 million for a new phase of readiness support to developing countries. The Readiness Programme was initially set up with USD 15 million.

Co-financing required 
No
Application timeframe 

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

To submit funding proposals to GCF for public and private sectors, the Fund has 1 upcoming deadline as follows:

  • 8 November 2019

Future tentative deadlines are expected to be discussed at the next Board meeting (B.25) on 10 March 2020.

Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information 
https://www.greenclimate.fund
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