About the Seed Capital Assistance Facility

The Restoration Seed Capital Facility supports early-stage development of forest restoration projects in developing countries, contributing to climate adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity, and sustainable livelihoods.



The following eligibility criteria are to be met by potential partners


Entity type

  • Fund managers or investment advisors to funds
  • Raising a new or managing a current investment vehicle dedicated to sustainable land-use and FLR

Geographical scope

  • All ODA-eligible countries
  • Focus Latin America, Africa and South-East Asia


Sectors & activities

     Forest restoration and protection, combined with sustainable land-use activities, such as:

  • Agro forestry and sylvopastoral systems
  • Sustainable forest management and sustainable forestry on degraded lands
  • Non-timber forest products
  • Generation of carbon credits & payments for ecosystem services
  • Supply chain investments to support restorative activities


E&S Management + Reporting and climate change

  • Environmental and social risk management
  • Environmental and social impact reporting framework
  • Mechanism for evaluation and mitigation of climate change risk & impact

Investment portfolio/ fund characteristics

  • Novel strategies, business models or geographies
  • 75% of fund investment volume dedicated to eligible activities
  • Potential for replication and scalability

Fund capacity

  • Financial and technical expertise
  • On-ground teams
  • Strategic focus and alignment to objectives of RSCF

Additionality rationale

  • Demonstrate how support will financially enable activities beyond business as usual
  • Demonstrate how investment strategy translates into postive E&S impacts
  • Restored/ conserved forest ecosystems will sustainably maintain their beneficial functions
  • Clear additionality for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation