Frequently Asked Questions

About the ICCTF


What is the ICCTF?

The Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF) is Indonesia’s national climate financing portal. It is Indonesia’s only national trust fund dedicated to climate finance equipped with governmental mandate. Its goal is to support Indonesia’s efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, achieving a low-carbon economy and implementing adaptation activities to respond to the adverse impacts of climate change.


What does the ICCTF do ?

The ICCTF is a key institution in achieving Indonesia’s climate goals. It offers professional and transparent means of coordinating and channeling funds from various sources to finance Indonesia’s climate change policies and programs.


Who is in charge of ICCTF ?

The ICCTF is gradually transitioning to become a self-managed National Trust Fund with its own dedicated staff. It is overseen by the MWA (Majelis Wali Amanat), ICCTF’s Board of Trustees. MWA members include development partners, private sector, nonprofits, and representatives from Indonesia’s government, chaired by ICCTF’s guiding ministry, Bappenas (the Ministry of National Planning).


What does the ICCTF cost to run? (or, ‘What is the ICCTF’s budget?’)

By 2014 the total contribution to ICCTF from development partners was approx USD 11.2m. ICCTF’s budget allocation for 2014 was approx USD 2.2m, of which about half of that (49%)was spent on projects, one third (33%) was spent on ICCTF M&E, policy dialogue, capacity development, and 14% were spent for overhead. For more about ICCTF finances see here 


Where does the ICCTF work ?

The ICCTF works throughout Indonesia.


Who can get support from the ICCTF ?

The fund can be accessed by line ministries, Government agencies, Districts, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) including academic institutions, and the private sector. Proposed activities must comply with Fund eligibility criteria.

The ICCTF also offers a Small Grant Programme (SGP) funding small-scale projects to CSOs, universities, non-government organisations and research institutions to a maximum of USD 50,000 per project.


Do all countries have a national climate change trust fund ?

Indonesia is one of the first countries worldwide to create a national trust fund on climate change. Representatives from a range of countries including Colombia, Vietnam and South Korea have visited the ICCTF for comparative studies, and/or and invited ICCTF to present in international fora.


Does climate change really matter ?

Indonesia is very vulnerable to rising sea levels and floods, and erratic weather patterns have the potential to impact the agricultural and fishery production that supports many communities. Indonesia is also a significant contributor to global emissions of greenhouse gases, above all in the land use, land use change, forestry, and energy sectors.

The Indonesian Government has therefore made a decision to be at the forefront of efforts to reduce carbon emissions.  Indonesia has set challenging national targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% below "business-as-usual” levels by 2020, and – if adequate international support is given - a further reduction of up to 41%.


Is the ICCTF a government programme ?

The ICCTF is currently transitioning to become a self-managed National Trust Fund. Its Board of Trustees includes representatives from Indonesia’s government, including ICCTF’s guiding ministry, Bappenas.

ICCTF also works closely with the National Action Plan for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (RANGRK) and National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation (RAN-API).


How does the ICCTF monitor and evaluate its performance ?

Demonstrating results of projects among communities and within national environmental objectives is key to building ICCTF’s credibility with development partners and government. It commissions independent evaluations focusing on impact and share lessons learned. The ICCTF also undergoes stringent internal and external audits, and complies with international standards of climate financing institutions. Compliance is also a precondition to access international funds such as the Green Climate Fund.


How does the ICCTF measure its impact on reduced emissions resulting from its work ?

We measure the impact on reduced emissions based on the research conducted by another body or organisations, including universities and research institutions. From these research, we find out the amount of carbon turned into energy as a result from our projects and we can measure how effective our projects are in reducing emissions.


What progress/results has the ICCTF had so far ?

The ICCTF has successfully funded pilot projects resulting in significant improvements in addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation in Indonesia. For example, a community-based biomass energy project, led by the Ministry of Forestry in Madura province is currently achieving positive results.

The Fund has worked hard to ensure it complies with national and international financial standards, and has successfully maintained its fiduciary standard, receiving an unqualified audit result by the government auditor BPKP for three consecutive years (2010-2012).

The ICCTF also encourages policy dialogue. For example, in 2014 ICCTF convened a national forum on climate change policy dialogue and CSO partnership.


What makes ICCTF different compare to other institutions ?

You can learn more about our unique selling prepositions here.


Donating to the ICCTF


Who can make donations to the ICCTF ?

Funds can come from a wide range of sources, including the public and the private sectors, and international development partners.

If ICCTF is successful in its application to be a National Implementing Entity (NIE), it will also open a door to direct access to funds from multilateral funding sources such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF).


Who has already made donations to the ICCTF ?

ICCTF development partners currently include USAID, UKCCU, Denmark’s development cooperation program, Danida. The ICCTF also receives technical assistance and capacity building support as part of a GIZ-supported project funded by the Federal Ministry of Environment (BMU) of Germany and also CDKN. In 2014, ICCTF has received both technical and financial support from Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) on NAMAs Summit and this will continue for 2015 NAMAs Summit.

What are the advantages of becoming an ICCTF development partner ?

The ICCTF aims to be professional, efficient and transparent, reducing bureaucracy for development partners and ensuring that funding is channeled towards Indonesia’s national priorities. The Fund has worked hard to ensure it complies with national and international financial standards, and employs stringent controls, monitoring and evaluation to ensure that external funding is protected and used wisely.


Are there upper and lower limits to donations ? Can development partners stipulate that they want funding for specific projects, types of projects, or areas of the country ?

There is no upper and lower limits if you want to donate. If you want to become one of our biggest 3 (three) donor, you must donate a minimum of USD 5,000,000 and after that we will create a special allocation for your budget.

If the development partners want to provide fund for certain projects only, they might add specific provisions to the contract between ICCTF and them. However, proposed activities must comply with the Fund eligibility criteria, and proposed projects will be screened according to ICCTF project screening procedures


ICCTF status


What legal status does the ICCTF have ?

The ICCTF has a government mandate to support the implementation of Indonesia’s mitigation and adaptation goals, and guide Indonesia towards a low carbon economy.  It is in transition toward becoming a National Trust Fund, set up in compliance with Presidential Regulation No. 80/2011 on Trust Funds.


What laws and by-laws are applicable to the Fund ?

Access ICCTF’s document, Implementing By-laws. 

The ICCTF also follows a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) covering operations such as finance, procurement, and M&E. Download ICCTF’s Standard Operating Procedures.


ICCTF projects


Who can get support from the ICCTF ?

The fund can be accessed by line ministries, Government agencies, Districts, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) including academic institutions, and the private sector. Proposed activities must comply with Fund eligibility criteria, and proposed projects must be screened according to ICCTF project screening procedures. Partnerships between different organisations from these groups may also apply for support.


What types of projects does ICCTF support ?

The ICCTF has three priority ‘windows’: land-based mitigation, energy, and adaptation and resilience:

  • Land-based mitigation includes support to Indonesia’s reforestation activities, sustainable management of peatland and national forest resources, with a focus on strengthening institutions and reforming forest governance.

  • The energy window includes financing of low-carbon energy supply technologies and the implementation of energy conservation and efficiency measures to significantly reduce GHG emission, linked to energy supply and demand.

  • The adaptation and resilience window aims to prepare local and national institutions and vulnerable communities to face the current and future impacts of climate change.

A major ICCTF goal is to develop investment and business models that result in scalable projects. 

You can see our eligibility criteria and take our quick eligibility check here [add a link when these are available]


How much funding is available ?

We invested $11,133,156 from 2010-14. As a result 6 large and 6 smaller projects were funded. In 2015 we received additional funds from USAID and UKCCU, amounting to about $8,000,000. An additional approx. $1,5 mio are received from APBN (state budget funds). Funds received from APBN are used to cover operating costs, including overhead and rent as well as support for RAN/RAD-GRK Secretariat and a new Small Grant Program. 

How do you select projects ?

We only choose projects that fulfill our criteria set by the RAN/RAD-GRK, RAN-API, Green Climate Fund criteria, ICCTF Investment Strategy, NAMA Framework and ICCTF Business Plan. We always give priorities to activities that:

  1. Respond to urgent and immediate climate change risk;
  2. Programmatic and impact oriented (not one off individual projects);
  3. Innovative in concepts and approach; and
  4. Able to capture learning replication and scale it up.

For further information, you can always see our eligibility criteria here.

 What happens after we have submitted our project application ?

Once a project application is submitted, there will be a project assessment based on the criteria. If it fulfills all the criteria, ICCTF will put it on our short list. The next step is proposal development where we develop the log frame, detailed work plan, budget and institutional arrangement. After the development stage is finished, your application will be approved by the Board of Trustees and you will have a contract signing. After the contract signing, ICCTF’s main role is to channel appropriated grant funds to the recipient according to project milestones. 


What won’t ICCTF support ?

You can see our eligibility criteria and take our quick eligibility.


Does the ICCTF only support new projects ?

No. We support any kind of related projects to support Indonesia’s efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, achieving a low-carbon economy and implementing adaptation to respond to the adverse impacts of climate change.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


My organisation isn’t based in Indonesia. Is that a problem ?

No, it’s not a problem. ICCTF develops any kind of cooperation and coordination with private, public and international organization from outside Indonesia.


Does the ICCTF only support projects inside Indonesia ?

ICCTF only support projects inside Indonesia since we are the only governmental institution to support Indonesia’s goals. Therefore, we only support projects inside Indonesia.


Are there standard forms and procedures for submitting applications ?

Yes – you can download them here.


Will my organisation have to contribute money to the project ?

The ICCTF also receives technical assistance and capacity building support. GIZ-supported project funded by the Federal Ministry of Environment (BMU) of Germany by providing us building support and technical assistance to ICCTF.


Can I submit applications for more than one project ?

 Yes, you can.


If my application is not successful, can I find out why ?

Yes. ICCTF will send you an email explaining why your proposal is not successful.


Can I reapply if my application is not successful ?

Yes, you can. After we send you a recommendation email, you may reapply your application.


What is the deadline for submitting project proposals to ICCTF ?

We have a rolling program and there is no deadline. 


What are the minimum and the maximum financial limits for ICCTF projects ?

There is no financial limits for ICCTF projects. We work on our projects, based on the total amount of fund we receive.


Are there minimum and the maximum durations for ICCTF projects ?

There is no minimum nor maximum durations for ICCTF projects. Although we do have targets, but we never set any durations on our projects in case any force majeur event occurs during the implementation of the project.


Getting in touch


Who do I contact at ICCTF?

The first point of contact for project applicants is

The first point of contact to discuss a donation is


Are there regional ICCTF representatives that I can speak to?

ICCTF is based in Jakarta but we travel throughout Indonesia. Check our events page regularly to find out if we are visiting your area soon.


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