Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for Gap Fund support, all of the following criteria must be met when submitting an Expression of Interest.

  1. Eligible countries — The Expression of Interest must come from developing and emerging countries identified in the following list:

  2. Climate action potential The Expression of Interest must aim, and have the potential to contribute to, the following climate objectives:

    • Gap Fund activities will contribute to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions in meeting the ambitious 1.5˚ Celsius goal identified in the Paris Agreement and/or to adapting to climate change

    • Applicants must commit to carrying out an estimation of, or working with Gap Fund experts to estimate, the proposal’s climate change mitigation or adaptation potential of the supported climate strategy/ action plan or project using standard methodologies and publicly available tools for scenario planning

  3. Eligible sectors The following urban infrastructure sectors are eligible for Gap Fund support:
    • Sustainable urban mobility

    • Energy efficiency and small renewables, including building retrofits, street lighting, district heating and cooling

    • Solid waste management and circular economy activities

    • Water and wastewater management
    • Greening of urban areas, nature-based solutions, blue/green infrastructure, ecosystem restoration, and centered urban planning

    • Green buildings, including sustainable/climate-friendly building materials and eco-districts

    • Adaptation to established climate vulnerabilities

    • Affordable housing with an energy-efficient approach

    • Multi-sector, area-based investment programs, including slum/informal settlement upgrading, brownfield redevelopments, urban extensions or corridor development

  4. Urban dimension The project must be situated in an urban area or functionally linked to one

    • Proposals presented by public or private developers with clear linkages to sub-national governments will be eligible, so long as a proposal’s urban dimension is clear.

  5. Stage Gap Fund activities can provide support to cities either in strategic planning or up to the pre-feasibility stages of a project, namely:

    • Climate strategy development/enabling environment

    • Project definition/concept

    • Pre-feasibility