The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and its regional implementation team (RIT) for the hotspot, are accepting letters of inquiry (LOIs) from civil society organizations for projects that address the eligible activities and geographies of this call.

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

  • Eligible Countries: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles
  • Opening Date: 8 March 2024
  • Closing Date: Tuesday, 30 April 2024 – 11:59 pm Eastern Time
  • Grant Size: More than US$50,000

Please read the detailed instructions, criteria and restrictions in the calls for letters of inquiry, available further below. 

How to apply?

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 email

Technical scope of the call

CEPF is looking for proposals focusing on the following Investment Priorities as part of Strategic Directions 2 and 4 as detailed in the ecosystem profile

Strategic Direction 2: Support local communities and civil society to strengthen the integration of the EbA approach, ecosystem resilience and biodiversity conservation into political and economic decision-making processes and education.

  • Investment priority 2.1: Develop engagement strategies with private sector actors for the integration of EbA into their activities, and also for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and renewable natural resources.
  • Investment priority 2.2: Support civil society to disseminate information and influence political and economic decision-making processes in favor of biodiversity, conservation priorities, ecosystem services and EbA.

Strategic Direction 4: Support research and ensure the dissemination of results for the promotion and improvement of knowledge on EbA actions and related good practices.

  • Investment Priority 4.2: Support research activities that measure and verify the impact of the grant portfolio on ecosystem services.

More Information

Online information sessions

Online information sessions in French and English were held on March 21st and March 22nd to inform all potential candidates and give them the opportunity to ask questions. Recordings of the sessions can be found via the links below.

Call for Letters of Inquiry

Additional Resources

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: 17 July 2023).

Regional Implementation Team

CEPF has enlisted a consortium of nongovernmental organizations to be its regional implementation team (RIT) in the hotspot. Coordinated by IUCN NL, the RIT includes SAF/FJKM for Madagascar, ID-ONG for Comoros, FORENA for Mauritius and SeyCCAT for Seychelles. These organizations are working with CEPF to implement a five-year conservation strategy for the hotspot and build local civil society capacity. The RIT can be reached via the following email address: