IKI Small Grants opens fifth Call

Small organisations in ODA-eligible countries can apply for funding for climate and biodiversity projects. The call is open until 13 March 2024.

This international call for proposals is tailored for small regional, national, and local organisations based in ODA-eligible countries (excluding current and potential EU member candidates, except Ukraine). These organizations are encouraged to apply directly for funding to support their local or regional climate and biodiversity projects. IKI Small Grants, a component of the German Federal Government’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) offers funding ranging from EUR 60,000 to 200,000.

Ambitious project proposals should focus on one or more of the following IKI funding areas:

  • Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Adaptation to the impacts of climate change
  • Conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation
  • Conserving biological diversity

Local initiatives and solutions for global challenges

We further explicitly encourage projects which:

  • Support action on the ground to contribute to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030
  • Promote a just transition of economies towards decarbonisation including fair social change especially for vulnerable groups
  • Strengthen networks, knowledge sharing and cooperation of organisations working on climate change and biodiversity related issues
  • Develop and promote use of climate smart technologies
  • Contribute to awareness raising and education regarding climate change and biodiversity
  • Engage in cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder cooperation
  • Support implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework

The chosen organizations receive guidance and assistance from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. GIZ is responsible for implementing the IKI Small Grants Programme on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, the Federal Foreign Office (AA), and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection (BMUV).

Small-scale projects on climate and biodiversity action worldwide

Through the IKI Small Grants programme, many projects will be chosen in the upcoming years through international calls for proposals, each receiving funding of up to EUR 200,000. Four calls for proposals have already been implemented, resulting in the selection of over 120 projects across more than 50 countries.

Further information including the on the funding and application guidelines can be found at https://iki-small-grants.de/application/

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Further information

All information on the funding programme and the current call for proposals can be found here:

IKI Small Grants website