Call for Expressions of Interest from parties who wish to make use of SANBI’s services as an Accredited Entity of the GCF

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a Global Fund that was established under the UNFCCC to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement in developing countries. It makes use of Accredited Entities to develop funding proposals and oversee, supervise, manage and monitor their respective GCF-approved projects and programmes. In October 2016, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) was accredited as a Direct Access Entity of the GCF.

Institutions who wish to register their interest in making use of SANBI’s services as an Accredited Entity of the GCF are hereby invited to please formally request this support by completing an Expression of Interest (EoI) application form.

Applicants are asked to pay careful attention to the criteria that are set out in SANBI’s GCF Funding Framework, which forms part of a Policies & Processes Manual that includes information relevant to SANBI’s function as an Accredited Entity of the GCF. In particular, applicants are asked to especially note the criterion that GCF projects must be transformative, innovative and have a paradigm shifting impact. Projects that aim to fill budget shortfalls within business-as-usual programmes of work will not be eligible for GCF support. Applicants are also asked to note that SANBI’s GCF accreditation is for grant making only, and that SANBI will not be able to apply for GCF support for projects that are better suited to other financial instruments.

In order to build a coherent programme of investment, and to provide an opportunity to support a wide range of stakeholders and to design projects at an appropriate scale, SANBI may approach applicants to “bundle” proposed interventions. Institutions who wish to be executing partners, but not necessarily the leads of GCF projects, are encouraged to submit their EoIs noting this capability. SANBI will assess the alignment of proposed interventions, with a view to the possibility of bundling similar ideas under the leadership of Entities who meet the required competency standards. In this regard, SANBI may contact applicants for further information.

Please complete the EoI application form and send it to: climatefunds@sanbi.org.za. Applications should not exceed 12 pages in total.

SANBI will consider all applications against its GCF Funding Framework, and will notify applicants accordingly.

EoIs selected for further development will need to be written into GCF Concept Notes and ultimately GCF Funding Proposals, which will be assessed by the GCF Board for a decision on whether the proposal is approved or not. The proposal development process can take up to 18 months. SANBI has some capacity to support this proposal development process, and will make this available to institutions who are selected for this proposal development support.

EoIs will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants who wish to be considered for inclusion in bundled proposals and/ or for the current phase of project development support must please submit their EoIs to SANBI by 30 April 2018.

If you have any queries please send them to the above e-mail address and we will do all that we can to assist.

Please note that only a limited number of EoIs will be able to be supported, and that:

• SANBI reserves the right to reject any or all EoIs.

• SANBI retains the right to not select an EoI even if all requirements are met.

• Selection of an EoI for further development is not a guarantee of submission of a project to the GCF, or of eventual GCF approval and funding.

SANBI GCF EoI application form

SANBI GCF Funding Framework

SANBI Climate Funds Policies & Processes Manual

National stakeholder workshop to inform GCF Enhanced Direct Access project

A national stakeholder workshop was convened as part of the stakeholder consultation process for the development of the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) first Green Climate Fund (GCF) project: a small grant’s facility for climate change adaptation.

The workshop was attended by 67 stakeholders representing national and local government, multi-lateral organisations, academia, the private sector, NGO’s and community-based organisations. The intention of the workshop was to allow institutions that have distributed or received small grants in South Africa to share challenges and success stories. The constructive discussions held based on these stories will inform the design of the SANBI-led GCF small grants facility.

Click here to access the GCF Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) workshop report and below, links to the Annexures containing presentations and findings.

Annex 1 – Setting the scene, National Policy Context and Introducing the GCF EDA Project

Annex 2 – Introducing the GCF EDA Project Presentation

Annex 3 – Learning from experiences, Donor Presentations

Annex 4 – Learning from experiences, beneficiaries presentations

Annex 5 – Summary of Information Gathering Sheets Findings

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