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. Registration costs including validation estimates are shown in the table below:

Plan Vivo Founuation fees




Project Idea Note (PIN) review Desk review by the Plan Vivo Foundation $750 (fixed)
Project Design Document review (including one Technical Specification) Desk review by the Plan Vivo Foundation; peer review by Technical Advisory Group $1800 (fixed)
Additional Tech Spec Review Desk Review by the Plan Vivo Foundation; peer review by Technical Advisory Group $800 each
PDD / Tech Spec Updates Desk review by the Plan Vivo Foundation and wider group of experts $0-500 each*
Validation Coordination & Report Review Desk review and finalisation of project registration by Plan Vivo Foundation $1000
Annual Report Review Review of Annual Reports $0**
Registration Registration of projects $1,000-4,000 per project***
Issuance Fees Cost associated with issuing Plan Vivo Certificates, per issuance volume band <50,000 PVC p.a. = $0.40/PVC
>50,000 PVC p.a. = $0.35/PVC

* Minor updates are free. Updates requiring document revision by PVF Secretariat staff are charged at $500 each. Where updates require additional external reviews, an appropriate fee to cover costs should be negotiated in advance with PVF.
** For projects that do not plan to issue Plan Vivo Certificates, an appropriate fee to cover administration costs should be negotiated with PVF in advance.
*** A non-refundable fee set at an amount equal to the fee charged for the first issuance of Plan Vivo Certificates (PVC). For projects that do not plan to issue PVCs (e.g. adaptation projects), please contact the Foundation to agree an appropriate rate relative to project size and resources.


Development costs

Project development costs can vary considerably depending on the size, location and complexity of the project. It also depends on the technical capacity of the project coordinator, as a technical expert will be required for the creation of the technical specifications (see Registration Process for more information about project documentation types), and so one may need to be hired if the project coordinator does not hold this capacity internally.

To fund these initial development costs, a project coordinator may want to seek start-up funding (see below).


Audit costs

To ensure that projects meet the Plan Vivo Standard, and continue to do so in their lifetime, projects must undergo periodic 3rd-party audits. This consists of a validation prior to project registration, then verifications every 5 years thereafter. The cost of these events is highly situational-dependent, varying on project size, remoteness and intervention types. For more information, please see the Validation & Verification page or contact the Plan Vivo Secretariat.


Operational costs

The size of project operational costs 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 project Annual Reports (found on the individual project pages), which include information on running costs and distribution of benefits within the project. Comparison against their situation may better help you understand what your project's costs may be.


Project start-up funding

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.

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, Darwin Initiative, and from up-front payments or investment by purchasers.



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