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Get Accredited with the Adaptation Fund

To apply for project and programme funding, countries must submit proposals through an accredited institution. There are three categories of accredited institutions:

Only institutions accredited by the Adaptation Fund may receive funding for adaptation projects. After accreditation, the entity may submit project proposals aligned with national priorities for consideration by the Adaptation Fund Board.

National implementing entities fall under the Adaptation Fund’s Direct Access modality, which enables entities to directly access financing and manage all aspects of climate adaptation and resilience 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.

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Apply for Project Funding

After the Adaptation Fund Board decides to accredit an entity considering the recommendation by the Accreditation Panel, the entity can submit a concept or a full project proposal. Parties seeking financial resources from the Adaptation Fund must submit their project and programme proposals through accredited National, Regional, or Multilateral Implementing Entities. Proposals will be reviewed with respect to specific criteria available in the Operational Policies and Guidelines.

Proposals are accepted three times a year: twice before the biannual Adaptation Fund Board meetings and once during an intersessional review cycle. Please see the events calendar for upcoming submission deadlines.

The next deadline for submission of project and programme proposals is January 20, 2020 at 18:00 (Washington DC time) for the Adaptation Fund Board’s consideration at its 35th Board meeting. Proposals may be submitted as early as January 13, 2020.

The submission deadline for the AFB35-36 intersessional review cycle is April 20, 2020, and for the 36th Board meeting is August 10, 2020.

Kindly e-mail your proposal submissions to the Adaptation Fund Board secretariat: Please be sure to cc: and Parties can request clarification from the secretariat of the Adaptation Fund Board on matters related to submissions: +1 202 473-5943 (phone), +1 202 522-3240 (fax).

The Adaptation Fund Board has also 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.

The Adaptation Fund Board has also made available three new funding windows for accredited National Implementing Entities (NIEs) to access small grants for innovationlearning and project scale-up. The submissions of innovation, learning and project scale up grant proposals follow the regular review cycle of the Adaptation Fund project and programme review.

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