Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is the average grant size?
As a new funder, the CJRF does not yet have an average grant size. The CJRF grantmaking strategic framework prioritizes multi-year grants and grants larger than $100,000. However, we will consider grant requests each on their own merits, and encourage applicants to request funds appropriate to their proposed activities and organizational capacities.
2. How much funding is available by region?
Regional funding is currently budgeted as follows: $5.5 million USD for the Bay of Bengal; $5.5 million USD for East Africa; $3.6 million USD for the Arctic; and $2.5 million USD for grants that are global in scope.
3. Can proposals take a multi-country approach (i.e. Kenya and Tanzania in one proposal)?
Yes, it is fine to take a multi-country approach, but applicants should take care not to do so gratuitously. Taking a multi-country approach needs to make sense strategically, and the CJRF due diligence process will need to make sure country-level staff/partners are fully on-board, supportive, and capable of implementation.
4. Is there a preference for grantmaking to large INGOs?
No. In fact, our priority is to make sure CGRF funding reaches local organizations and communities. Large INGOs should be able to demonstrate that they are working with local partners strategically and effectively, helping build their capacity, and passing on meaningful levels of funding to them.
5. Should letters of inquiry address all of the five CJRF pillars of work?
Not necessarily, though letters of inquiry should target at least one of the pillars. Letters of inquiry that do not link to our pillars will not be considered.
6. Is there a specific format or template to follow when submitting a letter of inquiry?
We do not have a specific template to follow. In terms of format, letters of inquiry should be no more than three pages long. They should summarize the proposed work's objectives, intended outcomes, budget, proposed activities, and current co-funding. We ask that letters of inquiry state how the proposal aligns with the project entry points, people, and places of the CJRF.
7. Will you accept letters of inquiry for projects outside of the CJRF’s geographical priority areas?
The CJRF is prioritizing the Bay of Bengal, East Africa, and the Arctic, as described on the “Places” page of our website. We will not consider place-specific work outside of these locations at this time. As noted under FAQ #2, CJRF’s portfolio will include a set of globally-focused grants, intended to support learning across our geographies, and scale-up of climate justice solutions through global mechanisms. The strategy for this portion of our grantmaking is currently under development.
8. Will grant funds flow from the CJRF office or from the Oak Foundation’s office in Geneva?
CJRF is an initiative of the New Venture Fund, and CJRF grants will flow in dollars from NVF’s US offices. Oak Foundation provided the founding grant that created the CJRF, but the CJRF letter of inquiry process is separate from the Oak Foundation’s grantmaking process. If you are seeking funds through the CJRF you will need to send a letter of inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. When can letter of inquiry applicants expect a response?
Due to the high volume of submissions, we may not respond to letters of inquiry we do not intend to pursue. Response times for letters of inquiry that we are interested in pursuing will vary based on the region and grant cycle. For the most up-to-date timeline, please refer to our timeline page.