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

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Please read carefully 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, 6 June 2023
  • Closing Date: Tuesday, 1 August 2023, 11:59 pm Eastern Time (Washington DC)
  • Grant Size: Above 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 3 and 4 as detailed in the ecosystem profile

Strategic Direction 3: Strengthen the capacity of local communities and civil society at regional and local levels to enhance adaptive capacity and reduce exposure to climate change risks.

  • Investment Priority 3.1: Strengthen the technical, administrative and financial capacities of local CSOs with missions related to the environment and the fight against climate change.
  • Investment Priority 3.2: Promote exchanges and partnerships (at the national and regional levels) among CSOs working in priority KBAs, to strengthen technical, organizational, management and fundraising capacities.

Strategic Direction 4: Support research and ensure the dissemination of results for the promotion and improvement of knowledge on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) actions and related good practices.

  • Investment Priority 4.1: Support applied research activities that improve understanding of the role of specific ecosystems and test the effectiveness of promising EbA techniques. 

More Information

Online information sessions

Online information sessions were held on 21 and 22 June 2023 to inform all prospective applicants and provide the opportunity to ask questions. The sessions were recorded. Recordings and presentations 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 and with SAF/FJKM as regional team lead, 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: