Small Grants

The implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) requires the effective participation of all social groups. With the IKI Small Grants Programme, the IKI specifically enables smaller actors to participate in climate financing for their predominantly local solutions. The programme has been supporting small projects as well as funding institutions in ODA-eligible countries since 2019 and promotes their capacity development.

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How much funding is provided?

60,000 to 200,000 euros

Who receives funding?

Regional, national and local organisations based in ODA countries

How long do the projects run for?

1 to 3 years

How often is funding provided?

Annual selection procedure

Where is funding provided?

Bilateral or regional

IKI Small Grants is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and provides funding within two components: International Calls and Funding Institu­tions. Both components fund non-profit projects and initiatives that address the four IKI support areas: mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to the impacts of climate change, conservation of natural carbon sinks/REDD+, and conservation of biodiversity.


Funding opportunities

The projects in the International Calls component are identified through an annual single-stage selection procedure. Approximately 100 projects are to be funded under the "International Calls" by 2025. 

  • Funding amount: 60,000 to 200,000 euros
  • Funding period: 1 to 3 years

With the Funding Institutions component, national and regional institutions receive technical and financial support to be able to carry out the calls for proposals or they receive funds for smaller projects and measures at the local level.

  • Funding amount: up to 850,000 euros
  • Funding period: up to 30 months

In both components, organizations are supported in their institutional capacity development. This strengthens them as actors for climate and biodiversity protection and encourages even greater ambition for sustainable change.

Funded organizations

Funding component International Calls

Funding is made available for sub-national, national and regional non-profit organisations in ODA-eligible countries. For-profit non-governmental organisations are also eligible as long as their proposal has not-for-profit objectives. Organisations who apply must have at least three years of relevant experience and an average annual revenue of between 60,000 and 500,000 euros

Funding component Funding Institutions

Larger national and regional institutions with own funding programmes.

The selection process for the component Funding Institutions has been completed.

For more information, please visit the IKI Small Grants website.


IKI Small Grants
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Potsdamer Platz 10

10785 Berlin

Closed calls Small Grants

Information about previous calls available here


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