Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)

In 2001, Parties to the UNFCCC established the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) to support adaptation and technology transfer projects and programs that: are country-driven, cost-effective and integrated into national sustainable development and poverty-reduction strategies. They also take into account National Communications or National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) and other relevant studies and information provided by the Party.

The GEF Programming Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change for the LDCF and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) (July 2018-June 2022) serves as a basis for programming resources under the SCCF. The goal of the strategy is to strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to the adverse impacts of climate change in developing countries, and support their efforts to enhance adaptive capacity. To achieve this goal, the strategy emphasizes three strategic objectives for the SCCF:

  • Objective 1: Reduce vulnerability and increase resilience through innovation and technology transfer for climate change adaptation;
  • Objective 2: Mainstream climate change adaptation and resilience for systemic impact; and
  • Objective 3: Foster enabling conditions for effective and integrated climate change adaptation.

The fund is managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and follows the GEF-7 Adaptation Strategy.

Purpose of support 
Project and program implementation
Information on how to...

Understand steps to access
Partner with a GEF Agency
Submit a funding proposal
Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Disaster risk reduction, Economic Recovery, Health, Industry and Infrastructure, Jobs, Nature-based Solutions and Ecosystem Services, Oceans and Coasts, Renewable Energy, Rural Development, 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
Fund size 

Since its inception, the SCCF has invested USD 355 million in 87 projects

Co-financing required 
Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information 
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