Mauritius kestrel. © Adisha Sewdyal

Call for Letters of Inquiry for Small Grants (Mauritius, Madagascar)

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and its regional implementation team (RIT) for the hotspot, are accepting letters of inquiry (LOIs) from non-governmental organizations, community groups, Indigenous peoples’ organizations, women’s groups, private companies and other civil society organizations for projects that address the eligible activities and geographies of this call.

Header photo: Mauritius kestrel. © Adisha Sewdyal


  • Eligible Country:  Mauritius (including Rodrigues Island)
  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 15th August 2023
  • Closing Date: Saturday, 30th September 2023, 12 pm (Mauritian time, GMT+4)
  • Maximum grant size: US$50,000


  • Eligible Country:  Madagascar
  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 12th September 2023 
  • Closing Date: Monday, 23 November 2023 – 23:59 hours (Madagascar time) 
  • Maximum grant size: 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 by the closing date as an e-mail attachment to Your application should be in English or French, and following the templates provided in the call for small grants below. Entitle your email with the following subject line: LOI_2/2023/SG_CEPF_”country”/”your organization”.

For example for Mauritius: LOI_2/2023/SG_CEPF_MUS/IUCN NL

Technical scope of the call

CEPF is looking for proposals focusing on the following Investment Priority as part of Strategic Directions 1 as detailed in the ecosystem profile

Strategic Direction 1: Empower communities and civil society to implement actions to improve the resilience of species, ecosystems, and human populations to climate change in priority Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs).

  • Investment Priority 1.1: Implement Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) actions, including agroforestry, “climate smart agriculture”, eradication of Invasive alien species (IAS), restoration of degraded watersheds and coastal ecosystems (including wetlands, mangroves, reefs and seagrass beds), and promotion of sustainable management of coastal and terrestrial ecosystems.

More Information

Online information sessions


An online information session for Mauritius was held on Thursday, August 24, 2023. The presentation and a recording of the information session can be found below.


An online information session for Madagascar was held on Wednesday, 27 September, 2023. The presentation and a recording of the information session can be found below.

Call for Letters of Inquiry

  • Mauritius: English (PDF – 709 KB)
  • Madagascar: French (PDF – 233 KB)

Reference materials

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: 07 august 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: