Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator (AFCIA)

The Adaptation Fund (AF) has funded and established a US$ 10 million small grant aggregator programme to be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) working in conjuntion with the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).

The Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator, or AFCIA, aims to foster innovation in climate change adaptation in developing countries. The programme targets a broad range of potential finance recipients, including governments, non-governmental organizations, community groups, entrepreneurs, young innovators and other groups. It will award competitive grants of up to US$ 250,000 each.

The accelerator was announced by the Adaptation Fund at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid in December 2019 and launched in November 2020 by AF together with UNDP and UNEP/CTCN. It is expected that this programme will help to encourage and accelerate new innovations, develop innovative adaptation practices, tools and technologies, as well as generate evidence of effective, efficient adaptation practices, products and technologies to assess scaling up.

More information about applying for AFCIA grants can be found directly through UNDP and CTCN here:

Background information on AFCIA: