Medium Grants

Through thematic and country-specific calls, 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 by the time of the grant approval 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 by the time of the grant approval 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, varying funding priorities are set 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 that have a registered office in Germany at the time of the grant approval. These organisations must enter into a partnership with one or two local implementing organisations based in the implementing country or region.



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Current selection Medium Grants

You can submit your project idea here

Closed calls Medium Grants

Information about previous calls available here



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