RSPO Smallholders Support Fund (RSSF)

The RSPO Smallholder Support Fund makes it possible for palm oil smallholders around the world to get certified by the RSPO, without the cost. Through certification, smallholders can increase their yields and remove the obstacles to reach international markets. They can also reduce the negative impact of their activities on ecosystems, while improving their wellbeing. Find out how the RSSF works, who can receive funding, what activities are funded, and how to apply.

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How does it work?

The RSSF is funded from 10% of revenue generated from the trading of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).

In general, the funds are meant to support cost for training, project management, HCV and SEIA Assessment, audit cost, tools and technique development for smallholders etc.


  • Legal entity
  • Sufficient experience in working with smallholders
  • Promote production of sustainable palm oil

What can the fund be used for

  1. Smallholder Certification Project: Up to 50% of RSSF grant goes towards activities that contribute to preparing for certification, e.g. paying for Better Management Practices (BMP) training, infrastructures e.g. storage for pesticide, starting the elaboration of a documentation system, or strengthening the organisatins e.g. the internal control system.
  2. Smallholder Ceritification Audit Cost (one-off only): 100% of the audit costs of all potential certification processes of independent smallholder groups, with the option to include one surveillance audit for each applicant. The funding does not include Pre-Audit Assessment.
  3. Smallholder Impact Project: This refers to any projects other than the above. RSSF also supports initiatives to develop tools that help smallholders to comply with RSPO certification. These can include mapping of smallholders plantation, HCV assessments in high risk areas, smallholders participation in jurisdictional areas etc.

How to apply:

  1. Please identify the type of funding the proponent requires, download and complete the proposal template accordingly.
    • For Smallholder Certification Audit Cost funding request, please download the proposal template here
    • For Smallholder Certification Project funding request, please download the proposal template here
    • For Smallholder Impact Project funding request, please download the proposal template here
  2. Submit the full proposal to once completed. Any incomplete proposals will not be processed.

For more information or guidance, please contact

What to expect after submitting the application

  1. For Smallholder Certification and Impact Project there are two (2) cycles of funding review annually done.
    • Cycle #1: RSSF Application Submission Deadline - 15 March
    • Cycle #2: RSSF Application Submission Deadline - 15 September
  2. For Smallholder Certification Audit Cost is open throughout the year.

The applications received will be appraised by the RSSF Fund Manager before it is being shared with the RSPO RSSF Panel for review. Following the review, the RSSF Fund Manager will share the outcome of the review with the proponent.

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