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  • Application Portal Open April 20th 2021
  • Application Deadline June 6th 2020 at midnight in the submitting region

One of the most critical barriers hindering sustainable urban development is the insufficient access to finance for infrastructure projects in cities, particularly for innovative projects addressing climate change.  

The C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) facilitates access to finance for climate change mitigation and resilience projects in urban areas by providing technical assistance to develop cities’ sustainability priorities into bankable investment proposals. A collaboration of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, it was launched during COP21 in Paris, to support C40 cities in developing and emerging countries in preparing and delivering sustainable, low carbon and climate action projects. 

With support from the CFF your city can develop finance-ready project to reduce emissions and strengthen resilience against the impacts of a warming climate.  

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How can your city apply?  


You can apply through the CFF online application portal below; the application deadline is June 6th at midnight in your local timezone. To apply you must be a representative of a city government or municipal agency. Your city also must be located in a country that is eligible for official development assistance according to the OECD DAC list.

The CFF team will be available to support your city throughout the duration of the application window to answer queries, to ensure there is sufficient information about the CFF, and provide additional information as needed. You can reach the CFF team by emailing For more information and updates, you can also subscribe to the CFF Newsletter.

At the bottom of this page is a City Information Pack that will assist you with the application process. You can visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, which is updated regularly. We also have a set of information webinars in various languages you can watch for more detailed information. 

CFF Application Portal: English

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Portail d'applications CFF: Français


Portal de aplicaciones CFF: Español

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Portal do Aplicativo CFF: Português

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How does the CFF project selection process work?

The CFF selection process is a competitive process with three stages of project assessment. As a first step, cities are invited to submit an application via the application portal . This application will be the basis for the two first stages of the selection: the eligibility screening and project analysis. Please note that the CFF may contact you during these stages to ask for additional information on the project. Projects that successfully pass these stages will be contacted for a further due diligence mission.

Please see the image below for the stages of selection, and what is analysed in each step.

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The application submitted via the CFF portal will be used for the first 2 stages of assessment (longlisting and project analysis)
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