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

Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot

Call for Letters of Inquiry for Large and Small Grants

For the following countries: Madagascar, Seychelles and Mauritius

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is inviting proposals in the form of Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from non-governmental organizations, community groups, private enterprises, universities and other civil society organizations.

This call for LOIs is for both small grants of less than $20,000 and large grants for an amount between $20,000 and $200,000. IMPORTANT NOTE: the process is different for the two types of grants.

OPENING DATE: Large and small grants: 20 June 2016
CLOSING DATE: Large and small grants: 8 September 2016


Call for Letters of Inquiry
- English (PDF - 191 KB)
- French (PDF - 195 KB)
- Malagasy (PDF - 187 KB)

Ecosystem Profile
- English (PDF - 7.1 MB)
- French (PDF - 7.5 MB)

Synthesis of CEPF Niche and Strategy for MADIO Hotspot
- English (PDF - 881 KB)
- French (PDF - 996 KB)

Templates for Letter of Inquiry
Right-click the links below to save the templates.
Template for large grants
- English (Word - 77 KB)
- French (Word - 77 KB)
Template for small grants
- English (Word - 74 KB)
- French (Word - 69 KB)
- Malagasy (Word - 69 KB)

* 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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