How to Apply for CEPF Funds

Call for Proposals

A Call for Proposals is now open!

IUCN Oceania and CEPF are accepting proposals from 11th February until 11th April 2019. Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) are invited from civil society groups in the 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 particularly welcome applications from local and grassroots organizations (for example, community groups, faith-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and private companies).

Applicants are invited to submit LOIs for projects that will contribute to CEPF’s strategy for East Melanesia, building on current and past CEPF investments in the region, and focusing on the strategic directions and investment priorities outlined in the call. All proposals should demonstrate direct and concrete conservation results that contribute to the priorities outlined in this call.



Small grants: Read the detailed instructions, criteria and restrictions in the Call for Proposals (PDF - 321 KB). Prepare your application using the small-grant letter of inquiry form (Word - 61 KB). Email your completed form to cepfeastmelanesia@iucn.orgon or before 11 April 2019. Questions can be sent to the CEPF regional implementation team at cepfeastmelanesia@iucn.org.

Large grants: Read the detailed instructions, criteria and restrictions in the Call for Proposals (PDF - 321 KB). Submit your proposal through the ConservationGrants electronic portal on or before 11 April 2019. If you do not have a ConservationGrants account, you will need to register a new account. Questions regarding account creation or application process should be emailed to conservationgrants@conservation.org.

CEPF and IUCN Oceania will not accept hard copy LoIs.

You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas with the EMI RIT using the contact details below. Please ensure that you seek guidance from the EMI RIT well in advance of the published deadline, and by 27th March 2019 at the latest.


Guidance Documents for Applicants

EMI Ecosystem Profile

Application guidelines

Frequently asked questions

Eligibility criteria for applicants

CEPF projects database

CEPF safeguard policies

Proposed activities must observe all World Bank Safeguard Policies 


Contact us

Further information and assistance can be obtained from:
CEPF EMI Regional Implementation Team
IUCN Oceania
5 Ma'afu Street, Suva, Fiji
Email: cepfeastmelanesia@iucn.org
IUCN Website: www.iucn.org/oceania
CEPF Website: www.cepf.net

Tel: +679 331 9084
Fax: +679 310 0128

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