Medium Grants

Through thematic and country-specific selection procedures, IKI primarily funds large-volume projects that aim to accelerate the transformation to a sustainable, low-emissions economy and supply structure. However, implementing the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) also requires increasing the capacity of smaller civil society actors in developing and emerging countries as well as the effective participation of all social groups. This is exactly where the IKI programmes for small projects come in.

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How much funding is provided?

300,000 to 800,000 euros

Who receives funding?

Non-profit organisations and companies based in Germany in cooperation with local organisations

How long do the projects run for?

2 to 3 years

How often is funding provided?

Annual selection procedure

Where is funding provided?

Bilateral or regional;
1 - 2 countries

The IKI Medium Grants funding programme therefore addresses civil society actors based in Germany that work in collaboration with local partners in selected ODA-eligible implementing countries to put measures in place to intensify North-South cooperation on climate action, adaptation to the impacts of climate change and biodiversity conservation. The programme explicitly aims to strengthen civil society actors and their international networks. Specifically, IKI Medium Grants support project activities that address innovative, bottom-up contributions for implementing the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity. To achieve this, the BMU sets varying funding priorities each year, for which interested parties can apply with innovative project ideas.


How is the selection made?

The selection procedure for IKI Medium Grants is in two stages. In the first stage, project outlines are submitted. After positive assessment, comprehensive project proposals are elaborated in the second stage of the procedure.


Who receives funding?

Funding is available for non-profit civil society organisations (non-governmental organisations, associations, foundations, think tanks) and academic institutions (universities and research institutions), as well as non-profit companies headquartered and operating in Germany. Projects are to be implemented in collaboration with a maximum of two local implementing organisations in up to two selected ODA countries.



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