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:




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, and on the technical and other capacities of the project coordinator to implement and operate the 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, and from up-front payments or investment by purchasers.


Operational costs

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 project Annual Reports (found on the individual project pages), which include information on running costs and distribution of benefits within the project.


Reseller Fees

Volumes of PVCs Retailed (+ VAT where applicable) from 1st of March – 28th of February (aligned with PV’s Financial Year)

<50k p.a. 50k-100k p.a. >100k p.a.
For-Profit £200 £500 £1000
Developing Orgs
£100 £250 £500