Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)

The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) was established in 2001 under the UNFCCC, and is mandated to provide funding to the least developed country (LDCs) for climate change adaptation.

Purpose of support 
Project and program implementation
Steps to access  

The process to secure financial support involves several actors including the country government, project proponents (either a government entity or private sector actor), the GEF Partner Agencies, GEF Secretariat, LDCF Council, and others (see section on "Organizational and Decision-Making Structure" above). Entities seeking GEF funding work with the GEF Partner Agency of its choice to submit project or program 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 (more than two million US dollars), Medium-sized Projects (less than or equivalent to two million US dollars), 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.

Concept Development
Secretariat's Review of Concept
Council Review of Concept
Project Development
Secretariat's Review of Project
CEO's Review of Project
Climate objective 
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Ecosystem adaptation, Education, Energy efficiency, 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, Non-profit or civil society organization, International organization, Other
Fund size 

Cumulative funding of approx. USD 1.2 billion.

Co-financing required 
Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information 
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