The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the context of the project “Capacity Building and Finance for National and Local Action on Climate and Biodiversity” to implement the IKI Small Grants funding scheme.
This small grants scheme is part of the BMU’s International Climate Initiative (IKI).
As a primary goal project proposals have to clearly address one of the IKI funding areas:
Please note that project proposals must clearly focus on solving challenges related to climate change or nature conservation.
Proposals with another key focus will not be considered. Nevertheless, cross-cutting topics such as sustainable urban development and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) are also eligible for funding.
Proposals that include social and economic co-benefits or contribute to good governance as secondary goals are welcome.
Proposals that include the empowerment of women and address gender-specific issues (as a secondary goal) are also encouraged.
A limited number of projects which particularly address gender issues or are submitted by women’s organisations or networks will be selected.
Beyond the objectives already mentioned, this funding programme is aimed at strengthening the capacities of small national, regional or local organisations.
Partner Countries and Regions
Applicants of project proposals must be based and registered in countries that fulfil the criteria for Official Development Assistance (ODA) defined by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Please see the below mentioned DAC List of ODA Recipients. Projects must be implemented in countries included in this list.
If more than one country is involved, they must be neighbouring countries. Projects with a global focus will not be funded.
Least Developed Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia.
Other Low Income Countries: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Zimbabwe. Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories: Armenia, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tokelau, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Upper Middle Income Countries and Territories: Albania, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea,
Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Iran,
Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, Niue, North Macedonia, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna.
The IKI Small Grants scheme will select project proposals with a funding volume of up to EUR 100,000 (one hundred thousand euros).
Proposals which exceed this amount will not be considered.
Project funding will only be granted to
Also excluded are branches of organisations based in a non-ODA country.
Applicants will have to meet a set of requirements such as legal status and accounting capabilities and provide evidence for these.
General Funding Priorities
In the context of the above-mentioned funding areas the IKI Small Grants scheme is looking to support projects that focus on areas such as:
Project proposals that combine bottom-up approaches with national policies will be appreciated.
Proposals that engage in cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder cooperation, involve the local population, and strengthen the role of women in society are encouraged.
The IKI Small Grants scheme will not finance research projects unless they have a strong implementation component.
Selection Criteria and Formal Requirements
Any increase of funding during or after the end of projects is not envisaged.
This might take several months. Please note that the successful submission of a proposal does not represent any commitment for funding and does not give rise to any legal entitlement.
The decision whether to fund your project will be based on the review of your proposal and the assessment of your organisation.
The project proposal has to be submitted in English.
Apply by 5th March.
For more information and application details, see; IKI Small Grants to Promote the Work of Small Organisations
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