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Application for Public Institutions & Civil Society

When To Apply

Currently, there is no Call for Proposal opened for public institutions and Civil Society. We will inform you when it is launched

Application Steps

Applying for financial support from the National Fund for Environment-FONERWA is done online. Each applicant is required to create an account through our Website Portal. The website allows an existing applicant to use their login information for submission.

We carry out a formalized process of public Calls for Proposals (CFPs) to receive Project Profile Documents (PPDs) known as concept note developed according to the pre-set criteria. All proposals received by stipulated deadline are taken through a rigorous screening process.

The project or programme proposal screening is carried out in a fair, transparent, competitive multi-step process. It is overseen by the FONERWA Secretariat with ultimate funding decisions made by the Board of Directors based on evaluations and recommendations provided by the FONERWA secretariat and Investment Committee.

Click on the here to learn how to develop Project Profile Document (PPD) known as project concept note. Also click on here if you are a first time applicant to know more about the application guidelines.

General Guidelines

PPD online course is designed to support applicants with information on the first phase of submitting a proposal to the Fund. Additional national key documents are provided for further reading to understand the priorities of the Fund and Environment and climate change sector.

Download here the Project Profile Document development materials. The objective of the materials is to provide guidance on PPD development. The materials include Project Profile Document (PPD) Template, PPD worked example, and Fund Monitoring and Evaluation Results Matrix. Any PPD must align with the Fund’s results matrix. The offline PPD template is intended to help applicants to develop their project concept.


Entire Application Process

Line Ministries/private sector/civil society should complete Project Profile Documents (PPDs) for proposals to be considered by the FONERWA Secretariat, in conformity with FONERWA Thematic Financing Windows/ key entry points.

PPDs will be screened by the Fund Management Team against eligibility criteria.

PPD Eligibility Criteria:

Results based, aligns with thematic windows/entry points and FONERWA M&E framework

Benefits sustained beyond lifetime of project activities

Demonstrates value for money

Involves ongoing stakeholder consultation

Promotes strategic national/international environment/climate objectives

Conforms with existing legislation and anti-corruption provisions

Screened PPDs are then categorized as green, High Amber, Amber and Red based on their quality in meeting the eligibility criteria.

PPDs that are considered high quality proposals (green) are subjected to quality assurance, a process that determines which green PPDs proceed to the next step of developing full project proposals.

If successful, applicants will be asked to submit a full project document, and technical assistance (TA) and support from the Fund Management Team to elaborate or improve the proposal will be provided as needed.

Full proposals will undergo a technical appraisal by the Fund Management Team. The team will assess each PD according to four overall technical appraisal criteria, each with detailed sub-criteria, and assign a priority ranking for submission to the FONERWA Technical Committee.

Technical Appraisal Criteria




Capacity to leverage additional resources

Following proposal review at the Technical Appraisal step, the FONERWA Fund Technical Committee will review the appraised proposals and ensure that those recommended for funding to the Fund Managing Committee (FMC) are high quality and strategic in terms of how proposals are aligned with national priorities. Suggested project rankings will be further discussed at this stage before their submission to the FONERWA Fund Managing Committee for funding decisions.

The FONERWA Fung Managing Committee will be solely responsible for approval of final funding decisions. This will be based on recommendations at the various review levels of the Project Profile Document (PPD) & Project Document (PD).