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CEPF provides two types of grants in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot: Large Grants and Small Grants.
Applications are ONLY accepted in response to calls for proposals 



A) For large grants

Please read the instructions in the relevant call for proposals.

Applicants must respond to the call via the ConservationGrants electronic portal (NB applications are call-specific, so please use the correct application link as provided in the relevant call for proposals).

Applicants who do not have a ConservationGrants portal account will be required to register a new account.

Questions regarding account creation or the application process should be emailed to


Currently there is one open call for proposals for large grants (nr 18)


B) For small grants

Please read the instructions in the relevant call for proposals. Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for small grants are available here in English, French, Portuguese or Arabic.


Currently there are no open calls for proposals for small grants



  • Non-governmental organisations, community groups, private enterprises, universities and other civil society applicants may apply for funding. 

  • Applications from organizations that propose to build capacity of local civil society and community groups are particularly encouraged.

  • Projects must be located within the sites and countries identified above and in the Ecosystem Profile.

  • Organizations must have their own bank account and be authorized under relevant national laws to receive charitable contributions.

  • Government-owned enterprises or institutions are eligible only if they can demonstrate that the enterprise or institution:

    • has a legal personality independent of any government agency or actor;

    • has the authority to apply for and receive private funds; and

    • may not assert a claim of sovereign immunity

Grants cannot be used for:

  • the purchase of land, involuntary resettlement of people including displacement of land uses or impeding access to traditional uses of natural resources, or activities that negatively affect physical cultural resources, including those important to local communities;

  • activities adversely affecting Indigenous Peoples or where these communities have not provided their broad support to the project activities; or

  • the removal or alteration of any physical cultural property (including sites having archaeological, paleontological, historical, religious, or unique natural values)

NB lists of eligible countries and KBAs for each round of funding will be included in the relevant call for proposals.


All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas with the EAM RIT at Those wishing to seek guidance from the EAM RIT should do so well in advance of the deadline. Dates will be provided in the call for proposals.


Please find the CEPF 'grievance procedure' on


All potential applicants should refer to the Ecosystem Profile, the relevant application form, and the following references available on the CEPF website:

See also the Resources page on this website for further guidance.


Decisions on are based on reviews by the CEPF Secretariat, the RIT, the RIT Advisory Board and external technical reviewers.

Large grants:

If your LOI is successful, the CEPF Secretariat will invite you to prepare a full project proposal. The invitation to submit a full project proposal is usually sent within two months after the deadline. The guidelines for preparing a full project proposal will be provided when your LOI has been accepted. The timeframe for processing a large grant application from initial submission of the LOI to the award of the grant is usually 6-8 months, however we aim to be faster than that. Since November 2017, we organise a 'CEPF Master Class' for shortlisted applicants under each call.

Small grants:

If your LOI is successful, BirdLife International will be in touch with you to complete the necessary processes to award you a small grant.


Please direct any questions or concerns to: or visit the CONTACT US page for further information.


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