Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity


Our grant recipients range from small farming cooperatives and community associations to international organizations. Every grant helps implement an investment strategy found in the ecosystem profile for each region where we invest.

With our support, hundreds of civil society groups have achieved significant outcomes. For example, their efforts have influenced major governmental policies in dozens of countries and helped protect more than 10 million hectares of globally important land since the program’s creation in 2000.

Calls for proposals and other news about grant availability are announced on this site. Proposals are welcome if they meet our eligibility criteria.​

For questions about applying to CEPF, please read the "Calls for Proposals" section below, or send an email to cepfgrants@conservation.org.

Calls for Proposals

Wallacea Biodiversity Hotspot

Call for Letters of Inquiry for Large Grants Only

Eligible Countries: Indonesia and Timor-Leste
Eligible Strategic Directions: 6 (capacity building)

OPENING DATE: Large Grants Only: 4 February 2016
CLOSING DATE: Large Grants Only: 3 March 2016 

Use the CEPF LOI template available at: www.cepf.net/grants/apply/Pages/default.aspx​
- PDF​ - 488 KB
- WORD - 82 KB

Submit the LOI template to cepfwallacea@conservation.org


Call for Letters of Inquiry
- English​ (PDF - 295 KB)

Ecosystem Profile
English (PDF - 3.6 MB)

Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot

Call for Letters of Inquiry for Small Grants Only

Eligible Country: Myanmar
Eligible Strategic Directions: 4, 6 or 8 (you must choose only one)
Local groups only

OPENING DATE: Small Grants Only: 25 January 2016
CLOSING DATE: Small Grants Only: 7 March 2016 

Small Grants Only: Submit by email to CEPF-Indoburma@iucn.org 


Call for Letters of Inquiry
- English​ (PDF - 125 KB)
- Burmese​ (PDF - 191 KB)

Ecosystem Profile
- English (PDF - 8.4 MB)

Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot

Two new Calls for Letters of Inquiry for Small Grants Only

Call for Proposals 14: Projects that will identify new KBAs / prioritise existing KBAs 
Eligible Countries: Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe 
Eligible Strategic Direction: Strategic Direction 2.3 

Call for Proposals 15: Projects that will add value to the CEPF investment in Mozambique and Zimbabwe (with a focus on Chimanimani Mountains) 
Eligible Countries: Mozambique and Zimbabwe 
Eligible Strategic Directions: Strategic Directions 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 3.1 and 3.2 

OPENING DATE: Small Grants Only: 8 January 2016
CLOSING DATE: Small Grants Only: 19 February 2016 

Small Grants Only: Submit letter of inquiry to CEPF-EAM-SGP@birdlife.org 


Call for Letters of Inquiry
14th call for proposals
- English​ (PDF - 505 KB)

15th call for proposals
- English (PDF - 253 KB)

Ecosystem Profile
English (PDF - 4 MB)
Appendix 1: Species Outcomes (PDF - 102 KB)
Appendix 3: Species per KBAs (XLSX - 135 KB)

Cerrado Biodiversit​y Hotspot

Request for Proposals from Pre-Qualified Organizations Only
Regional Implementation Team

OPENING DATE: 16 December 2015
NEW CLOSING DATE: 7 February 2016

On 11 November 2015, CEPF requested that organizations interested in serving as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Cerrado Biodiversity Hotspot submit an expression of interest by 4 December 2015 in order to pre-qualify to submit a formal proposal per the request for proposals (RfP) attached here. Seven eligible organizations submitted an expression of interest by the closing date and are named in the RfP. Only those seven organizations are now invited to submit a formal proposal. Organizations not named in the RfP are free to join, as a subordinate partner, one of those seven pre-qualified organizations applying as a lead entity.

The organization selected to serve as the RIT, and any of its subordinate partners, will not be eligible to receive any other CEPF funding in the hotspot due to conflict of interest.

A conference call was held in both English and French on Monday 4 January 2016 at 11:30 am Eastern Standard Time, at which time CEPF representatives briefly described the expectations for the RIT and responded to participants’ questions. A written account of the questions and answers and a full audio recording of the call will be posted here by 12 January 2016.


Request for Proposals
- English (PDF - 346 KB)

Terms of Reference
- English (PDF - 213 KB)

Conference Call: 4 January 201​6
Audio (MP3 - 9.5 MB) Left-click to play or right-click to download
Presentation (PDF - 1.6 MB)

Grantee Proposal Budget Template
English​ (XLSX - 68 KB)

Questions and Answers
- English​ (PDF - 270 KB)

Additional Q&A
Q: Since CEPF is a joint initiative of institutions that includes CI (Conservation International) and that CEPF Secretariat is based at CI's headquarters, how will the evaluation processes avoid any potential "conflict of interest" on CI-Brazil applying for the RIT position? And which institutions will be part of the evaluation committee?
A: The RIT proposals will be evaluated by multiple members of the CEPF Secretariat, working independently, and scored against the publicized criteria. The results of these evaluations will be shared with the CEPF Working Group, which will select the winning application, and make a recommendation to the Donor Council for formal approval. The CEPF Working Group will comprise representatives of AFD, the European Union, GEF, Government of Japan, MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. The seventh global donor to CEPF, Conservation International, will be recused from the Working Group meeting, due to conflict of interest.
Q: Will the documents submitted by all proponents be disclosed? As well as the grades given to each evaluation topics?
A: The proposals submitted by each applicant are confidential. The scores given by the CEPF Secretariat will be made public, in an aggregated form.
Q: If a proponent does not agree with the grades given to an institution, will there be a mechanism to request a review of or justification for the grading?
A: CEPF has an established grievance mechanism (see this page​), and any individual or organization who has a grievance with any aspect of the operations of the fund is entitled to lodge it through this mechanism.

* See recent calls for proposals (closed)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

See Also
Project database: Summaries of grants awarded to date, as well as reports and other resources related to individual grants

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