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Call for Letters of Inquiry for Small and Large Grants

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is releasing a call for Letters of Inquiry (LoIs) for organizations 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.

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  • Eligible Countries:  Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles
  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
  • Closing Date:
    • For Large Grants: Friday, 23 December 2022, 11:00 pm Eastern time
    • For Small Grants: Thursday, 2 February 2023, 11:00 pm Madagascar time zone
  • 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 Small Grants: submit your application by the closing date as an e-mail attachment to cepf.ritmadio2@saf-fjkm.org. Your application should be in English or French, and following 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 organisation”.

For example:

  • For Comoros: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_COM/IUCN NL
  • For Mauritius: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_MUS/IUCN NL
  • For Madagascar: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_MDG/IUCN NL
  • For Seychelles: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_SYC/IUCN NL
  • Multi-country: e.g.: LOI_1/2022/SG_CEPF_SYC_MDG_COM/IUCN NL

Priority Key Biodiversity Areas in the Region

More Information


On Friday, 25 November 2022, a webinar was organized in which more information about this first Call for Letters of Inquiry and its criteria was shared. The recordings of the webinars in French and English can be found here:

Call for Letters of Inquiry

For Large Grants:

For Small Grants:

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: 28 November 2022).

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 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: cepf.ritmadio2@saf-fjkm.org.