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It is crucial that developing countries are able to effectively access and deploy resources from the Green Climate Fund. That is why the Fund provides early support for readiness and preparatory activities to enhance country ownership and access. This "country readiness" funding is a dedicated and cross-cutting programme that maximizes the effectiveness of the Fund by empowering developing countries.

Readiness and preparatory support activities are not one-off measures, but part of an ongoing process to strengthen a country’s engagement with the Fund. GCF focuses its readiness support on particularly vulnerable countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and African States – a minimum of 50% of country readiness funding is targeted at supporting these countries.

Support for these activities in individual developing countries is capped at USD 1 million per calendar year. This support may be delivered to countries directly through National Designated Authorities (NDAs) or Focal Points through a wide range of delivery partners with relevant expertise and experience. Alternatively, countries may select another institution that is well-versed in readiness activities as its delivery partner. These institutions can be international, regional, national, or sub-national, public or private.

Led by the NDAs or Focal Points, the Fund may also deploy readiness and preparatory support to prospective regional, national, or sub-national entities seeking accreditation with the Fund to prepare them to apply for accreditation, as well as to Accredited Entities to develop project and programme pipelines.

To see which governments have requested readiness grants from GCF, please refer to FINE PRINT in this section.

Click here to see the latest Readiness Support State of Play.

For further details about how to request readiness grants, please liaise directly with a GCF country programming specialist.


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GCF Country Programming
Readiness and Preparatory Support
+82.32.458.6039 (Korea Standard Time)