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The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is releasing a call for Letters of Inquiry (LoIs) for organisations that address the conservation of biodiversity in the Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot, and that meet the criteria set out in this call.

 Please read the Call for Letters of Inquiry before applying to this call. Following calls may have different requirements.

Eligible Countries:  Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles

Opening Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2022

Closing Date:

  • For Large Grants: Friday 23 December 2022 – 11:59 pm
  • For Small Grants: Thursday 2 February 2023 – 11:59 pm

Grant Size:

  • For Large Grants: Above US$50,000
  • For Small Grants: Up to US$50,000

How To Apply: Read the detailed instructions, criteria and restrictions in the calls for letters of inquiry, available further below.

  • For Large Grants: submit your application in English or French through the ConservationGrants electronic portal by the closing date. If you do not have a ConservationGrants account, you will need to create a new account. If you encounter any technical difficulties with ConservationGrants, please e-mail conservationgrants@conservation.org.
  • For Small Grants: submit your application by the closing date as an e-mail attachment to ritmadio2@saf-fjkm.org. Your application should be in English or French, and follow the templates provided in the call for small grant below. Entitle your e-mail with the following subject line: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_”countries”/”your organization”. For example:
    • For Seychelles: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_SYC/IUCN NL
    • Multi-country: eg: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_SYC_MDG_COM/IUCN NL

Other information On Friday 25 November 2022, a webinar was held during which further information on the call for letters of intent and its criteria was shared.

Video of the session:
–In French
In English

Call for Letters of Intent
– For Large Grants:
English(PDF – 284 KB) French(PDF – 297 KB)

– For small grants:
English(PDF – 417 KB) French(PDF – 429 KB)

Additional Resources

Before You Apply
12 Tips for Getting Funding for Your Grant
Idea–CEPF Gender ToolkitConservationGrants – Frequently Asked Questions

Information on Nature-Based Solutions–
Information on ecosystem-based adaptation

Frequently asked questions

We’re receiving questions from potential applicants on a regular basis. For transparency purposes, all incoming questions and our answers are published on this website in English and French and will be updated on a regular basis (most recent update: 28 November 2022).


Regional Implementation
Team CEPF has selected a consortium of non-governmental organizations to be its Regional Implementation Team (RTT) in the hotspot. Coordinated by IUCN NL and SAF/FJKM (Regional Team Leader), the ITL includes SAF/FJKM for Madagascar, ID-ONG for Comoros, FORENA for Mauritius and SeyCCAT for Seychelles. These organisations are working with CEPF to implement a five-year conservation strategy for the hotspot and build the capacity of local civil society. The RIT can be contacted via the following email address:cepf.ritmadio2@saf-fjkm.org

The map of key biodiversity priority areas is available at: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/embedmid=1Swob_B3V0nZttpSsncAJ1YjNc5wYOY8&ehbc=2E312F