Registration costs and fees
There are certain core costs and fees involved in registering a Plan Vivo project with the Plan Vivo Foundation. The Plan Vivo Foundation is a registered charity and fees are designed to cover costs only. Up-to-date registration costs including validation estimates can be downloaded here, and are shown in the table below.
|Project Idea Note (PIN) review||Desk review by the Plan Vivo Foundation||$750 (fixed)|
|Project Design Document review||Desk review by the Plan Vivo Foundation||$500 (fixed)|
|Field visit||Visit to project site by expert review to assess capacity of project coordinator and check implementation of systems||$5000 – $10,000 estimate (depending on the rate of the expert reviewer. $5000 represents a lower estimate for a small project i.e. <100ha using an expert reviewer. Using an accredited organisation for validation will push up costs to at least $9000)|
|Technical specification review||Peer review by Technical Advisory Group and wider experts||$200 per tech spec (fixed). Assume e.g. 4 tech specs = $800 total|
|Review of validation report and project registration||Desk review and finalisation of project registration by Plan Vivo Foundation||$500 (fixed)|
|Total||$7550 – $12550 (estimated)|
Project development costs can vary considerably depending on the size, location and complexity of the project, and on the capacity of the project developer and requirement for initial external support e.g. technical support.
The Plan Vivo Foundation does not provide start-up funding to projects.
Information on funding can be found at the following websites:
Climate Funds Update Provides information on international fund initiatives, including lists of previously funded projects.
Climate Finance Options is a website set up by UNDP and the World Bank and includes information on funding sources for carbon and payments for ecosystem services projects.
Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in developing countries.
Current projects have sourced start-up funding (for initial project development costs) from sources including DFID, USAID, the EU, the Waterloo Foundation, and from up-front payments or investment by purchasers.
Project operational costs of course depend on the scale and nature of the project. To access example information on other projects’ running costs, project developers can read existing Plan Vivo projects’ annual reports (found on the individual project pages) which include information on running costs and distribution of benefits within the project.