Concept notes for some small-scale projects may also be submitted for consideration under the Simplified Approval Process (SAP). Under the SAP, the documentation and review processes for bringing projects or programs from conception to implementation are reduced and simplified. Accredited Entities, National Designated Authorities (NDAs) or Focal Points and their partners may choose to submit concept notes under the SAP if the project or program meets three main eligibility criteria:

  • Ready for scaling up and having the potential for transformation, promoting a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development;
  • A request for financing to the GCF of up to USD 10 million of the total project budget; and
  • The environmental and social risks and impacts are classified as minimal to none.

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