Technical Assistance (TA) Grants


The Adaptation Fund’s Readiness Programme for Climate Finance aims to help strengthen the capacity of national and regional implementing entities to receive and manage climate financing, particularly through the direct access modality, and to adapt and build resilience to counter changing climate conditions in sectors ranging from agriculture and food security to coastal zones and urban areas. The programme also aims to advance direct access in developing countries and promotes the accreditation of National Implementing Entities (NIEs) from developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

As part of the Readiness Programme, the Adaptation Fund Board has decided to make Technical Assistance (TA) grants available to accredited NIEs. These grants are aimed at strengthening the capacity of NIEs in the areas of environmental and social risk management and addressing gender related issues as they design, develop and implement concrete adaptation projects and programmes. The Fund’s Environmental and Social Policy (ESP), with its 15 principles, and the Gender Policy, serve as frameworks for mitigating these types of environmental and social as well as gender related issues that may need to be considered. The grants are meant to help NIEs tap into external (international or national) expertise in the form of short-term consultant assignments.


All accredited NIEs of the Fund that have not previously received a technical assistance grant are eligible to apply.

Apply for TA Grants

The window for the Technical Assistance Grants proposals is open from 1 February to 31 March and from 1 July to 31 August every year.

To submit a proposal for the Technical Assistance Grants, please click on the instructions link below, where you can download and complete the application form. The application form must be submitted together with a signed letter of endorsement by the Designated Authority (DA) to the Adaptation Fund.

All applications should be sent to and carbon copy to and

TA Grant for the ESP and Gender Policy (TA-ESGP)

The TA grant for the ESP and Gender Policy (GP) is available to all NIEs that have not yet received any grant for technical assistance from the Fund.

Accredited NIEs can apply for up to a maximum of US$ 25,000 per NIE to build internal capacity to simultaneously manage environmental and social as well as gender-related risks within adaptation projects and programmes. NIEs can use the available grant to source external expertise to help strengthen their capacity to identify, mitigate and manage project and programme risks associated with environmental and social issues as well as gender issues in an integrated manner and in accordance with the Fund’s Environmental and Social Policy and the Fund’s Gender Policy.

Instructions for applying for the Technical Assistance Grant for the Environmental and Social Policy and Gender Policy (TA-ESGP).

TA Grant for the Gender Policy (TA-GP)

The TA grant for the Gender Policy (GP) is available to NIEs that have not accessed the TA-ESGP and that need to address gender considerations by putting in place measures to avoid, minimize and/or mitigate adverse gender impacts.

The TA-GP is up to a maximum of US$ 10,000 per NIE, and can be used to source external expertise to strengthen NIE capacity to address gender-related issues in projects and programmes and at the institutional level so as to comply with the Fund’s Gender Policy.

Instructions for applying for the Technical Assistance Grant for the Gender Policy (TA-GP). 

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