Simplified Approval Process

Resources for the SAP

Dedicated templates and examples annexes for Concept Notes and full Funding Proposals have been developed for the SAP. These examples provide guidelines and may be used as a reference for submitting complete Funding Proposals under the SAP.

e-Learning course for SAP

GCF developed an e-learning course on the Simplified Approval Process to provide detailed information on the key elements required for SAP Funding Proposals, as explained by GCF experts. After completing the module, participants are expected to have the necessary knowledge and information to prepare robust project proposals.

Guidelines

We've written technical guidelines and manuals that are designed to help NDAs and AEs in writing and submitting their projects under the SAP. Translations in French and Spanish are also available for some materials.

Simplified Approval Process (SAP) funding proposal preparation guidelines: A practical manual for the preparation of SAP proposals

31 Dec 2019

These guidelines have been developed to support GCF accredited entities (AEs) in the preparation of funding proposals under the simplified approval process (SAP) pilot scheme.

SAP Technical Guidelines: Renewable Energy

01 Aug 2019

This publication provides technical guidance for the preparation of SAP proposals. Renewable energy (RE) is produced using natural resources that are constantly replaced within the human timescale. Just as there are many natural sources of energy, there are many technologies that can help to harness RE sources. Solar photovoltaic (PV) is the most well- known, wind power is the most widespread and hydropower is one of the oldest. Other RE technologies harness geothermal energy, solid waste or ocean-wave energy to produce heat or electricity.

SAP Technical Guidelines: Energy Efficiency for Industry and Appliances

01 Aug 2019

This publication provides technical guidance for the preparation of SAP proposals. Energy efficiency (EE) is the process of reducing the energy consumption of infrastructure, facilities, machines, devices, products, services, business processes, activities and transport. It can be thought of as the first fuel of a sustainable world and as such it has a key role in ensuring cost-effective energy transitions.

Guidance for preparing a pre-feasibility study under the Simplified Approval Process

31 Jul 2019

GCF has introduced the Simplified Approval Process Pilot Scheme (SAP) as a way to apply for GCF funding for smaller-scale projects or programmes. It is specifically designed for adaptation or mitigation initiatives that require a GCF contribution of no more than USD 10 million which have minimal environmental and social risks.

Guidelines on preparing the economic and financial analysis for SAP proposals

18 Jun 2019

To aid in assessing SAP proposals against its Investment Framework, GCF may require entities to submit economic and/or financial analyses with funding proposals. This guidance is intended to clarify GCF’s expectations for these analyses, including documentation requirements and technical standards.

SAP Technical Guidelines: REDD+

17 Jun 2019

This guidance has been developed to support GCF accredited entities (AEs) and national designated authorities (NDAs) in their preparation of concept notes and funding proposals under the simplified approval process for REDD+ (REDD+ SAP).

SAP Technical Guidelines: Forests and Land Use

17 Jun 2019

This publication provides technical guidance for the preparation of SAP proposals. The thematic area of forest and land use encompasses forests and other multiple land-cover types where forests are a prominent component of the landscape.

SAP Technical Guidelines: Cities and Climate Change

06 Jun 2019

Traditionally, cities are defined as large human settlements, with no one standardized definition applied internationally. Frequently, national governments have criteria they use to define urban areas.

SAP Technical Guidelines: Transport

17 May 2019

The publication provides technical guidance for the preparation of SAP proposals. Although there is no one standard definition of the transport sector, it can be described as including all kinds of transportation, such as road, rail and maritime transport, and aviation.

SAP Technical Guidelines: Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services

06 May 2019

The thematic area of ecosystems and ecosystem services encompasses all natural environments and the productive uses that are based on them.

Simplified Approval Process Online Submission System (SAP OSS): User guide

06 May 2019

This user manual provides Accredited Entities (AEs) and National Designated Authorities (NDAs) with the necessary information to effectively use the Simplified Approval Process Online Submission System (SAP OSS).

The SAP OSS improves the efficiency and transparency of the SAP review process for concept notes and funding proposals. The system is connected to the AEs and NDAs’ portals, where all the information and documents related to their proposals can be accessed.

Guidelines for the environmental and social screening of activities proposed under the Simplified Approval Process

10 Jan 2018

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for accredited entities on the environmental and social screening of activities proposed for GCF financing under the Simplified Approvals Process (SAP) Pilot Scheme.

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