Frequently asked questions

What is the goal of the TAP?

  • Enabling access to finance to scale up local climate action
  • Accelerating low-to-no emission and climate-resilient development
  • Supporting national ambitions through transformative local infrastructure projects

What is the TAP?

  • A subnational demand-driven Project Pipeline;
  • A Project Preparation Facility (PPF) with tailored services from ICLEI and TAP partners, to guide project development to achieve maturity and financeability;   
  • A Platform publicly presenting projects seeking finance, also partnering with other platforms;
  • An Advocacy Instrument presenting the demand and diversity for subnational project finance.

Who are the TAP partners?

As of 13 September 2018 the TAP partners are:

  • UN-Habitat
  • Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation
  • Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV)
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • R20 Regions of Climate Action (R20)
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation (SIF)
  • C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)
  • Cities Alliance

Is it a closed partnership? Who can be a TAP partner?

TAP Partnership is growing and is open for all engaging to support cities, towns and regions to a low-to no-carbon, resilient development. Partners can be suggested by the ICLEI Regional Offices, TAP partners, as well as invited by the ICLEI World Secretariat. Interested organization can also express their interest via contacting ICLEI.

What are the main activities and services offered by ICLEI and partners?

Local and regional governments have access to tailor-made services from ICLEI and TAP partners during the whole project cycle, from early stage project definition to long-term mentoring, with the aim to develop robust and bankable project concepts.

Potential TAP Services:

  • Exploration of  finding innovative financing mechanisms fitting and suitable to local demand
  • Capacity building and technical assistance on how to prepare a robust project concept, including planning, and feasibility studies
  • A thorough exploration of possible funding opportunities and financial strategies
  • Connection to other PPFs and strategic global and regional initiatives that offer additional technical assistance
  • Connection to other platforms
  • Matchmaking with potential investors and funding institutions

Who can apply? What are the eligibility criteria?

  • Project has to be submitted by local and subnational governments, or their partners (as long as the local / regional government is a key stakeholder in the project)
  • (Hard) infrastructure projects
  • Proven transformative impact (ambitious, cross-cutting, inclusive)

What is the definition of transformative?

The definition of “transformative” action refers to an action that contributes to tackling climate change (low emission development, mitigation, adaptation and/or resilience, access to secure, affordable and sustainable energy). It supports systematic and sustainable change at the community level, with the potential for large-scale impact and scalability.

TAP projects submitted have to fulfill the criteria of “transformative” and ensure that the three key components (ambitious, cross-cutting, inclusive) are embedded in the projects. There will be a basic screening process of these criteria when projects are submitted.

Ambitious Cross-cutting Inclusive
In line with or more ambitious than the Paris Agreement

  • Support the long-term commitment contributing to domestic action and international initiatives to cut global greenhouse gas emissions to meet the 2°C or 1.5°C goal.
  • Increase the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience at the local level.
Relevant

  • Serve a meaningful percentage of the population.
  • Potential scaling opportunity to serve an increasing % of the population.
  • Deliver local benefits beyond climate change impacts.
Local / Regional Government administration

  • Coordinate within the multiple departments / teams to ensure co-design.
  • Use or set up appropriate coordination mechanisms and processes to ensure effective project management.
In line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Address to reach the scale and ambition on SDGs ( support local sustainable development priorities), particularly on:
    • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities .
    • Goal 13: Climate action
DescriHolistic and integrated approach

  • Consider resource and energy use of the project throughout its entire life cycle (e.g. consider the location of the project, and optimizing the use of local resources [air, water, waste, land, biodiversity /  ecosystems, energy]
  • Has a holistic approach supporting multiple sectors been considered when designing the project (e.g. buildings connected to district energy)
  • Support comprehensive climate risk management (e.g. disaster prevention, insurance, etc.).
Citizens

  • Engage communities, citizens and local stakeholders actively, encouraging their participation in the conceptualization, design, implementation and monitoring of the project.
  • Demonstrate how citizens will benefit in the short- and mid-term.
  • Demonstrate how disadvantaged and particularly vulnerable communities will benefit in the short to long term, e.g. contribute to poverty alleviation, addressing the urban poor, unemployed, elderly, youth, women (gender), ethnic minorities, indigenous groups, etc.
Local business and industry

  • Reach out to local business and industry (incl insurance), to explore involvement in stimulating sustainable development and enhancing resilience also in the private sector.

How to apply?

There is an annual TAP call, announced at an international event and on the TAP website. There is not currently an open TAP call.

What happens after the application is sent?

Applications are screened by ICLEI World Secretariat based on their completeness and “transformative” potential. Project applications not meeting the requirements get feedback and recommendation on further improvement.

Once an application is accepted can access and benefit from tailor-made tools and services from ICLEI and TAP partners.

Is there funding available for the projects and TAP Services?

ICLEI’s role is not to provide financial support for project preparation. ICLEI commits to (i) explore and engage with TAP Partners that could provide project preparation support / technical assistance and (ii) search for a matching funding partner for TAP Projects. TAP Services provided by partners are conditional, depending on Partners interest and funds available.

What are the benefits of being in the TAP Pipeline?

  • ICLEI explores options and engages to find financial and technical partners to support the project idea to improve.
  • Projects get visibility for national and international for potential funders.

Is the TAP a matchmaking tool?

Matchmaking and connecting to other PPFs and platforms is a crucial part of TAP, but beyond that TAP is a very important advocacy tool that shows the demand and the diversity of local needs and promoting multi-level governance.

What is the difference between the recent call and the call in 2015?

  • In the recent call the focus is explicitly on hard infrastructure projects
  • There is a new application form harmonized with C40, CDP, SOURCE and FELICITY
  • The new application form contains a detailed checklist on the transformative criteria
  • Projects are screened based on their transformative impact, which is the main criteria to be approved in the project pipeline
  • There is a new TAP partnership
  • Partners build a value chain and offer tailor-made services
  • There is a special focus on the “incubator” phase: enabling environment, project definition, scoping
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