APPLY: The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (Environment, Health and safety, others)

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

APPLY: The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (Environment, Health and safety, others)

Deadline: Unspecified

Areas of interest

Pest management, Environment, social issues, Health and safety, Physical Cultural Resources

Our grant decision-making process is based on the evaluation of proposals in accordance with the objectives and strategies of CEPF, including the relevant ecosystem profile.


Proposals that target direct global environmental benefits and meet the following eligibility criteria are welcome:

  • Project is located in an approved biodiversity hotspot
  • Project is located in a country that is not excluded by U.S. law
  • Project supports a strategic direction outlined in the relevant CEPF ecosystem profile and investment strategy
    See all ecosystem profiles.
  • Grant applicant is authorized under relevant national laws to receive charitable contributions
  • Government-owned enterprises or institutions are eligible only if they can establish i) that the enterprise or institution has a legal personality independent of any government agency or actor, ii) that the enterprise or institution has the authority to apply for and receive private funds, and iii) that the enterprise or institution may not assert a claim of sovereign immunity
  • Grant will not be used for the purchase of land, involuntary resettlement of people, or activities that negatively affect physical cultural resources, including those important to local communities
  • Grant will not be used for activities adversely affecting Indigenous Peoples or where these communities have not provided their broad support to the project activities
  • Grant will not be used to remove or alter any physical cultural property (includes sites having archeological, paleontological, historical, religious, or unique natural values)
  • Proposed activities observe all other relevant safeguard and social policies



Two-High Doctoral Program 2017 at Zhejiang University (Full scholarships)


APPLY: Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™


APPLY: Anhui Government Scholarship for International Students (Fully-funded)


Turing Foundation, the Netherlands – Project Funding (Nature Conservation)


We will not award grants for $1 million and above, unless otherwise stated in the call for proposals.


In addition, we encourage proposals that demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Existence of co-financing or the ability to leverage additional funds
  • Demonstration of coordination with other organizations to reduce duplication of efforts
  • Existence of partnerships or alliances with one or more other organizations
  • Endorsements from other recognized agencies or authorities
  • Transnational or regional projects
  • Clear plans for continuation and/or replication after initial CEPF funding
  • Support Indigenous and local communities in community-based or co-management activities for biodiversity conservation and actions that enhance local communities’ tenure and resource use rights

How to Apply

If support is available for the region where you wish to apply for a grant, the first step is to thoroughly review the investment strategy included in the relevant ecosystem profile. Every grant awarded helps implement one of the strategic directions in the strategy included in the profile.


Applicants should also review our application guidelines below and any specific announcement of grant availability.


The next step for all applicants is to submit a letter of inquiry about the work being proposed.

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


Requests for $20,000 or Less:

All letters of inquiry for grants of $20,000 and less should be sent by e-mail to the following addresses, depending on the region that has a current open call for proposals.



International PhD Programme in Germany 2017 (APPLY NOW!)


APPLY: Turing Foundation funding for education projects in developing countries


APPLY: Ashoka Fellowship



APPLY: $5,000 Rapid Protected-Area Feasibility Awards (by Rainforest Trust)


Requests for More Than $20,000:

All letters of inquiry for grants of more than $20,000 should be sent by e-mail to the account specified in the call for proposals.



Letter of Inquiry Application (WORD – 82 KB) / (PDF – 488 KB)
Lettre de demande pour le CEPF  (WORD – 82 KB) / (PDF – 467 KB)
Carta de Intención del CEPF (WORD – 91 KB) / (PDF – 505 KB)
Carta de Averiguação (WORD – 84 KB) / (PDF – 460 KB)
关键生态系统合作基金(CEPF)咨询函 (WORD – 95 KB) / (PDF – 179 KB)
– CEPF- Thư yêu cầu xin tài trợ (WORD – 91 KB) / (PDF – 152 KB)
Khmer (WORD – 111 KB)
Lao (WORD – 75 KB)
Myanmar (WORD – 45 KB)
Thai (WORD – 96 KB)

Application Guidelines
Application Guidelines for the Letter of Inquiry
Download the PDF (19 KB)

Directives relatives à la lettre de demande auprès de CEPF
Télécharger le PDF (21 KB)

Directrices de la Carta de Intención del CEPF
Descargar el PDF (21 KB)


*Our grants may not be used for the purchase of land, involuntary resettlement of people or activities that negatively affect physical cultural resources, including those important to local communities.


CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank.

Should you have any question about the scholarship and other opportunities featured on this website or should you need assistance at anytime in your application, please, do not hesitate to write to us via this address:


We will get back to you in the shortest possible time. Be assured of our full commitment. We are always glad to assist you make your dream (of developing into an effective, world-class environmental management professional) come true.


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Kunlere Idowu

Kunlere is an environment and sustainable development strategist with years of active experience in environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement. You may follow him on Twitter via @kunlere_idowu


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