Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Application Guidelines

To apply for a Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) grant, all applicants must first submit a letter of inquiry.

For proposals requesting US$20,000 or less, the letter of inquiry constitutes the full proposal. If a letter of inquiry requesting more than US$20,000 is recommended for award, the applicant will be notified and invited to submit a full project proposal.

Timeframes and procedures for submitting letters of inquiry may vary for each region. CEPF will stop accepting letters of inquiry for a particular region or strategic direction in that region once the designated funds are committed. Applicants are advised to consult this site to find out if their region of interest is accepting new funding applications.

Applicants may request funding up to US$1 million. However, specific requests for proposals may include a lower maximum. In general, applicants should keep in mind that we aim to create a diversified portfolio of grantees and projects to best meet our conservation objectives.

Before beginning, it’s best to consult the CEPF investment strategy for the region where the project would be undertaken. The strategy is included in the ecosystem profile for the region, and explains and guides our investments. Each project must be linked to one of the strategic directions in the ecosystem profile to be eligible for funding. The exact number and title of the strategic direction must be indicated in the letter of inquiry under, "Strategic Direction from the Ecosystem Profile."

The ecosystem profiles can be obtained from the Where We Work and Publications sections of this site.

Other useful resources available include: