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Introduction RSSF

Last call for RSSF submissions by 15 September 2018. Click here for more details.

The RSPO Smallholder Support Fund (RSSF) makes it possible for palm oil smallholders around the world to achieve RSPO certification, without incurring the cost. Through RSPO certification, smallholders can increase their yields and remove the obstacles to reach international markets. Certification also helps smallholders reduce the negative impacts of palm oil cultivation on ecosystems and improve livelihoods - creating a space where palm oil, local communities, and the environment can co-exist in harmony. Find out more about how the RSSF works including which smallholder groups can apply and what activities can be funded in the video below.

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How does RSSF work?

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

The funds are used to support smallholders with the costs incurred for training, project management, High Conservation Value (HCV) and Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA), audit costs, as well as the tools and techniques to support smallholder development.


  • A legal entity
  • Those with sufficient experience in working with smallholders
  • Those wanting to support and promote the production of sustainable palm oil

What can RSFF be used for

  1. Smallholder Certification Project: Up to 50% of the RSSF grant goes towards the activities which assist smallholders in preparing for certification, e.g. the cost of Best Management Practices (BMP) training, the elaboration of a documentation system, or the cost of strengthening the smallholder group's management system, e.g. the internal control system.
  2. Smallholder Certification Audit Cost (one-off only): 100% of the audit costs for 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 project other than the projects and audit costs mentioned above. RSSF also supports initiatives to develop tools that help smallholders comply with RSPO certification. These can include mapping smallholder plantations, HCV assessments in high risk areas, and smallholder participation in jurisdictional areas etc.

How to apply for RSSF

  1. Please identify the type of funding required, then download and complete the proposal template accordingly.
    • To request funding for the Smallholder Certification Audit Cost, please download the proposal template here
    • To request funding for a Smallholder Certification Project, please download the proposal template here
    • To request funding for a Smallholder Impact Project, please download the proposal template here
  2. Once the template is completed, please submit the full proposal to rssf@rspo.org once completed. Any incomplete proposals will not be processed.

For further information or guidance about the RSSF application process, please send an email to rssf@rspo.org.

What to expect after submitting the RSSF application

  1. For Smallholder Certification and Impact Projects, the deadline for the application submission is 15 September 2018.
  2. Applications for funding the Smallholder Certification Audit Cost is open throughout the year.

All applications received will be reviewed by the RSSF Fund Manager before being shared with the RSPO RSSF Panel for consideration. Following this, the RSSF Fund Manager will share the outcome with the applicant.

For further clarification, please send an email to us at rssf@rspo.org.