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15 MARCH 2016


*THIS deadline is for full proposal on smallholders' project only. application for audit cost is open throughout the financial year. 


The fund is introduced in acknowledgement of the imperative and dominant role smallholders around the world play in the palm oil sector to promote and increase the production of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil so that market transformation is realized.

The RSPO Board of Governors approved the institution of RSSF and its mechanism on 29 October 2012, whereby 10% of income generated from the trading of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil will be allocated for smallholders. In addition to this, 50% of any remaining surplus of income within the financial year of RSPO will be channelled towards the same mechanism.

The deployment of the RSSF will be deliberated by a panel comprising select members from the Smallholders Working Group (SHWG). Its key function is to develop the strategic plans for the RSSF as well as to develop, review, process and identify projects for approval. The Panel will convene at least 4 times a year i.e. February, May, August and November. Applications can be submitted any time within the year based on the following stipulations.

Eligibility for the RSSF is based the following requirements:

  1. The applicant should be a legal based organization, either a group manager or supporting agency (private or non-profit) and not involved in illegal practices or land right conflicts.
  2. The applicant should have demonstrable experience in smallholder support in the oil palm sector or may be an independent smallholder.
  3. The project should concern activities which are directly related to obtaining RSPO certification and the promotion of sustainable production practices of independent smallholders.
  4. The initiative is for a maximum period of three years with clear milestones set for each year. An assessment will be conducted at the end of the first year to gauge the level of progress achieved alongside with the requirement to continue the endowment support for the subsequent year/s.
  5. The initiative may work alongside other co-funding opportunities.

Interested applicants may submit their applications by filling up the form, which can also be downloaded below.

The application forms are to be filled and sent to this email, or mailed to:

RSPO Smallholders Support Fund c/o. RSPO Secretariat Sdn Bhd,

Unit A-37-1, Level 37,
Tower A, Menara UOA Bangsar,
No.5, Jalan Bangsar Utama 1,
59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.