Landscape Resilience Fund


Organizational profile:
The Landscape Resilience Fund (LRF) is an impact-driven, independent Swiss foundation that mobilizes private and public climate finance for vulnerable smallholders and landscapes. The LRF was co-developed by South Pole and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to create a scalable way to support meaningful climate adaptation in rural landscapes. With the support of the Global Environment Facility and the commitment of CHANEL as an anchor investor, the fund is now rallying more institutions to invest in a resilient future.

LRF activities are grounded in an integrated landscape approach that seeks to reconcile competing natural resource demands and interests in order to effectively address broader objectives of inclusive development, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation. By investing in SMEs and local communities in developing countries, the LRF helps create a shared understanding and collaborative implementation of actions that enhance climate resilience and human well-being – landscape by landscape, SME by SME, village by village. By 2026, the LRF aims to mobilize USD 100 million for climate adaptation projects that support sustainable agricultural and forestry supply chains and that protect smallholder farmers in developing countries.

LRF uses a blended finance approach, combining public, philanthropic, and private funding to create scalable ways to finance sustainable adaptation solutions. The fund works across three funding pillars: strengthening an integrated landscape approach; delivering technical assistance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) towards investment readiness; and providing concessional loans to SMEs.


Financing Instrument: Technical Assistance, Loans, Grants
Project scale: N/A
Recipient countries regions/country groups: Global (developing countries)
Recipient categories: private sector organizations; community-based organizations
Eligibility Criteria:
LRF is especially keen to hear from SMEs in developing countries working on:

  • sustainable land management (e.g. agriculture or forestry) or
  • related products and services targeted at climate resilience for smallholder farmers and land conservation.

If the applicant’s project does not come under one of those categories, unfortunately, LRF will not be able to fund it at the moment.


Application guidelines:
Go to “Contact Us” on LRF official website to fill up a form which requires to include:

  • Details of the business/project that the applicant is looking to fund. (Please ensure to include: any details of what makes the applicant’s product/service innovative; the main revenue stream for the applicant’s business; how the applicant’s business helps improve the climate resilience of vulnerable people.)
  • Description of the amount of revenue the applicant’s business has so far generated, as well as projected future revenues. (LRF may need the applicant to provide evidence for revenues generated over the last 1-3 years totaling at least USD 100,000. If the applicant is not able to provide evidence of revenue, investment readiness funding may be required before considering the applicant’s business for LRF’s soft loan window.)
  • Amount of financing the applicant’s business/project requires. (If the financing the applicant requires is below USD 0.5 million, investment readiness funding may be required before considering the applicant’s business for LRF’s soft loan window.)
Publication Date
Sunday, 27 March 2022
Applicable location
Private sector and industry
Climate change
Forest landscape restoration
Biodiversity conservation
Forest conservation and management
Financing opportunities