Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)
In 2001, Parties to the UNFCCC established the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) to support adaptation and technology transfer projects and programs that: are country-driven, cost-effective and integrated into national sustainable development and poverty-reduction strategies. They also take into account National Communications or National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) and other relevant studies and information provided by the Party.
The GEF Programming Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change for the LDCF and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) (July 2018-June 2022) serves as a basis for programming resources under the SCCF. The goal of the strategy is to strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to the adverse impacts of climate change in developing countries, and support their efforts to enhance adaptive capacity. To achieve this goal, the strategy emphasizes three strategic objectives for the SCCF:
- Objective 1: Reduce vulnerability and increase resilience through innovation and technology transfer for climate change adaptation;
- Objective 2: Mainstream climate change adaptation and resilience for systemic impact; and
- Objective 3: Foster enabling conditions for effective and integrated climate change adaptation.
The process to secure funding varies depending on whether the activities relate to Full-sized Projects (GEF Project Financing of more than USD 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.
Find additional information on how to access GEF funding here.
Click here for the list of GEF Agencies.
The complete list of Operational Focal Points, including name, position, government agency, complete address, phone, fax and e-mail, can be accessed here.
Once approved, the GEF Agency and project proponents develop the project concept into a complete project proposal, which includes developing the technical, risk mitigation, and business details. The process to secure funding varies depending on whether the size of the activity and required funding.
All relevant templates and field by field explanations for different types of projects can be found here.
Since its inception, the SCCF has invested USD 355 million in 87 projects