How to Apply for CEPF funds

Call for Proposals

A Call for Proposals is now open!

IUCN Oceania and CEPF are accepting proposals from 1st July until 31st August 2015. Letters of Inquiry (LoIs) are invited from civil society groups in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the islands region of Papua New Guinea. LoIs are encouraged from community groups, non-government organizations, academic institutions, private companies and other civil society organizations who are working in the East Melanesian Islands Hotspot. CEPF and IUCN are currently seeking proposals for projects aimed at establishing a foundation of capacity, partnerships and knowledge on which future calls for proposals will build. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 17:30 Washington, DC time on Monday 31st August 2015.

Strategic Direction 1: Empower local communities to protect and manage globally significant biodiversity at priority Key Biodiversity Areas under-served by current conservation efforts
1.3 Support local communities to design and implement locally relevant conservation actions that respond to major threats at priority sites.
1.4 Demonstrate conservation incentives (ecotourism, payments for ecosystem services, conservation agreements etc.) at priority sites.

Strategic Direction 2: Integrate biodiversity conservation into local land-use and development planning
2.1 Conduct participatory ownership and tenure mapping of resources within customary lands at priority sites.
2.2 Provide legal training and support to communities for effective enforcement of environmental protection regulations
2.3. Explore partnerships with private companies to promote sustainable development through better environmental and social practices in key natural resource sectors.

Strategic Direction 3: Safeguard priority globally threatened species by addressing major threats and information gaps
3.2 Develop, implement and monitor species recovery plans for species most at risk, where their status and distribution are known.
3.3 Introduce science-based harvest management of priority species important to local food security.

Strategic Direction 4: Increase local, national and regional capacity to conserve biodiversity through catalyzing civil society partnerships
4.1 Strengthen the capacity of local and national civil society organizations in financial management, project management and organizational governance.
4.2 Provide core support for the development of civil society organizations into national and regional conservation leaders.

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To Apply

CEPF supports two types of grants: large grants of over US$20,000 and small grants of US$20,000 and less.

Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LoI) in English or French. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.

LoIs for small grants must be submitted electronically to IUCN Oceania at by the deadline (August 31st 2015). For proposals requesting $20,000 or less, the LoI constitutes the full proposal.

LoIs for large grants must be submitted electronically to CEPF at by the deadline (August 31st 2015). For proposals requesting more than $20,000, successful applicants will be notified and invited to submit a full project proposal.

All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas with the EMI RIT at Please ensure that you seek guidance from the EMI RIT well in advance of the deadline, by contacting us before 19th August 2015.

Please note that CEPF and IUCN Oceania will not accept hard copy LoIs.

Download LoI template:

Guidance Documents for applicants

Application guidelines:  

Frequently asked questions:

Eligibility criteria for applicants:

CEPF projects database:

CEPF safeguard policies:

Proposed activities must observe all World Bank safeguard policies found at

Contact us

Further information and assistance can be obtained from:
CEPF EMI Regional Implementation Team
IUCN Oceania
5 Ma'afu Street, Suva, Fiji
Tel: +679 331 9084
Fax: +679 310 0128