Green Climate Fund (GCF) - Readiness Programme

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Program provides resources for strengthening the institutional capacities of National Designated Authorities (NDAs) or focal points and Direct Access Entities to efficiently engage with the Fund. Resources may be provided in the form of grants up to USD 1 million per country per year or technical assistance.

The Readiness Program is a component of the larger GCF, which was set up in 2010 and aims to promote the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change, taking into account the needs of those developing countries particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The GCF is an operating entity of the Financial Mechanism of the UNFCCC and of the Financial Mechanism of the Paris Agreement.

Purpose of support 
Creating enabling environments and building institutional capacity
Scoping and project preparation
Information on how to...

Understand the steps to access
Know what activities are eligible for readiness support
Become an accredited entity
Develop a readiness proposal
Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Cities, Disaster risk reduction, Energy efficiency, Forestry and Land-Use, Gender, Health, Industry and Infrastructure, Jobs, Nature-based Solutions and Ecosystem Services, Oceans and Coasts, Poverty, Renewable Energy, Rural Development, Transport, Waste Management, Water
Type of support provider 
Type of recipient 
Public entity at the national level, Public entity at the sub-national level, Public entity at the regional level, International organization, Non-profit or civil society organization, Private sector, Community-level organization
Fund size 

The Readiness Programme is designed to be a flexible tool to support developing countries. Based on the submission of high-quality proposals, the Readiness Programme can provide:

Up to USD 1 million per country per year for support related to institutional capacity building, coordination, policy and planning, and programming for investment. Of this overall amount, NDAs/FPs may request up to USD 300,000 per year in direct support to help establish or strengthen a NDA or focal point to deliver on the Fund's requirements. A maximum of USD 100,000 can be used for NDA-led stakeholder meetings.

Up to USD 3 million per country for the formulation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and/or other adaptation planning processes. This may include support for subnational adaptation plans and/or sectoral adaptation planning processes.

GCF can also provide capacity building for national or regional organisations (Direct Access Entities) seeking accreditation to the Fund, once they are nominated by their local NDAs.

Co-financing required 
Application timeframe 

For adaptation planning oriented proposals, proposals can be submitted at any time.

Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information
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