CEPF Mediterranean - Who is Eligible for Funding?


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This Google Earth mapping tool displays all KBAs and corridors eligible for CEPF funding in the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot

This Google Earth mapping tool marks in detail which Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and corridors are eligible for CEPF funding. To use the tool just click on the image and the select the option to open it in Google Earth (you will need to have Google Earth installed).

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.

Grantees may apply for funding from all countries eligible for CEPF support in the region: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Tunisia.
Proposals that target direct global environmental benefits and meet the following eligibility criteria are welcome:

  • Project is located in the Mediterranean Hotspot
  • Project is located in a country that is not excluded by U.S. law
  • Project supports a strategic direction outlined in the CEPF ecosystem profile and investment strategy
  • 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
  • We will not award grants for $1 million and above.

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