Funding Opportunity: City Climate Finance Gap Fund Grant

About the Organization

The Gap Fund helps cities in developing and emerging countries realize their climate ambitions, turning low-carbon, climate-resilient ideas into strategies and finance-ready projects.

In an environment where resources and expertise are limited, the Gap Fund supports cities and local governments in preparing and prioritizing climate-smart plans and investments with the goal of attracting more financing and support for implementation.

About the Grant

The City Climate Finance Gap Fund supports cities with early-stage technical assistance for low carbon and climate resilient urbanization plans and projects.

It supports three main goals:

  • Provide technical assistance and capacity building for low carbon, resilient urbanization.
  • Build a high-quality urban investment pipeline for laterstage technical assistance.
  • Share knowledge on project preparation with developers and financiers.

The Gap Fund can:

  • Provide city planners with upstream technical assistance and tailor-made tools to enhance cities’ low-carbon planning and resilience efforts to address urban sprawling growth;
  • Help city leaders build a pipeline of high-quality, climate-smart urban investments, with a focus on early and often underfunded stages of project preparation.
  • Facilitate the connection between cities and prospective financing partners, such as World Bank or EIB lending, or third-party financiers.
  • Leverage international collaboration and partnerships with the Global Covenant of Mayors and city networks to learn from each other and standardize approaches.


  • Eligible countries — The Expression of Interest must come from developing and emerging countries identified in the ODA-OECD DAC list
  • Climate action potential — The Expression of Interest must aim to make an ambitious contribution to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions to meet the 1.5˚ Celsius goal identified in the Paris Agreement and/or adaptation to climate change.
  • Applicants must commit to carrying out an estimation of the proposal’s climate change mitigation or adaptation potential or working with Gap Fund experts to estimate it.
  • Applicant/Ownership — The applicant must be a city or local government official or a third party that submits the proposal officially on behalf of the city or local government.
  • 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 and local political ownership is verified.
  • 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

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