The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)

Adaptation, Mitigation
Method of Support
Eligible Countries
All developing countries that are Parties to the UNFCCC
Funds Pledged
USD 351.28 million
Funds Received
USD 324.47 million
Funds Approved
USD 347.50 million
Funds Disbursed
USD 207.21 million
Source: The Global Environment Facility. “Progress Report on the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund.” (As of Oct 2016)
TIPS by USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific

There is relatively little funding remaining to be approved from this Fund. It is unclear if it will be replenished, although there are strong reasons for climate change adaptation to remain a priority activity under the GEF. Project proposal templates can be found on 22 the GEF website.

Like the Least Developed Countries Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) is a multilateral fund, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also administered by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The Fund was established in 2001 and became operational in 2002. The SCCF funds activities that strengthen specific sectors against climate change impacts. While adaptation is the Fund’s top priority, the SCCF also focuses on technology transfer. The SCCF supports activities which are country-driven, cost-effective, and integrated into national sustainable development and poverty reduction strategies. These activities also take into account National Adaptation Programmes of Actions (NAPAs)
Target area
The SCCF has supported adaptation activities in a wide variety of sectors and areas, including agriculture (26%); water resources management (23%); coastal zone management (11%); disaster risk management (9%); natural resources management (7%); climate information services (6%); health (2%); and other infrastructure (7%). The SCCF also supports projects on energy, transport, industry, forestry, and waste management as well as activities to help diversify economies - particularly those which are highly dependent on fossil fuels - and transition towards green growth.
How to access the fund
With a letter of endorsement from the country’s appointed GEF Operational Focal Point or government representative, project proponents, usually line agencies, develop a concept for a project and submit it to the GEF Secretariat through one of its 14 Implementing Agencies: United Nations Development Programme; United Nations Environment Programme; World Bank; African Development Bank; Asian Development Bank; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Inter-American Development Bank; International Fund for Agricultural Development; United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization; United Nations Industrial Development Organization; World Wildlife Fund, Inc.; Conservation International; International Union for Conservation of Nature; and Development Bank of Southern Africa.
Approval process

Medium-sized Projects (MSP), which are those under USD 2 million, enjoy a streamlined application process, as compared to Full-sized Projects (FSP), which are those over USD 2 million.

For FSPs, the process begins with a Project Identification Form (PIF) or project concept, which once approved is followed by a CEO Endorsement Form that includes development of a full-sized project document. MSPs may start directly with the CEO Endorsement Form. Once the GEF CEO endorses the project, the funding is released to the Implementing Agency