IKI Small Grants

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to carry out international calls for small scale projects, the IKI Small Grants scheme. Information about the support of small organisations in developing and emerging economies under this funding programme can be found here.

Current selection process

The first call for proposals for the IKI Small Grants scheme has started on 5 December 2019 and closes on 5 March 2020. Documents relevant for participating in the call for proposals are available under 'Documents' on this website. Please note that applications can only be submitted between 5 February and 5 March 2020, applications submitted before this point in time will not be considered.

On 5 February 2020, we will publish a new standardised file format of all project proposal documents on this website, which can be uploaded from this date on to our database. Please make sure that you use exclusively the new formats when submitting your application. A template of the grant agreement will also be published before the closing of the call.

In the meantime interim documents can be used to develop the project proposal, the budget and the timeframe (Gantt Chart format) offline as well as to gather all necessary documents about your organisation relevant for your application listed in the interim project application form. For more information on preparing an IKI Small Grants project application, please refer to the application guidelines available for download on this website.  

All application documents have to be filled out in English.   

The selection procedure has only a single-stage. After the closing of the call on 5 March 2020, the project applications will be evaluated.

The applications will be subject to a detailed technical and legal-financial examination by the GIZ’s IKI Small Grants team in Berlin, during which the GIZ country offices will also be consulted.

The IKI Small Grants team will contact the selected project applicants. This will be followed by an in-depth examination and collection of further information and documents necessary for the signing of a grant agreement.

The planned duration of the projects ranges from 6 months to 2 years (the duration can be longer in justified cases). The project should be planned to start during the 4th quarter of 2020.

General information and selection process

The call for project proposals, the selection process and the disbursement of funds are handled by GIZ and in accordance with GIZ procedures. Calls for proposals will be carried out on a regular basis and will be published on this website. The IKI Small Grants scheme will select project proposals with a funding volume of up to 100,000 euros. The GIZ’s IKI Small Grants team selects projects in mutual agreement with BMU. Detailed information regarding conditions for funding, selection criteria, project objectives, and funding priorities can be found in the funding information.



Applicants 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). If more than one country is involved, the countries must be neighbouring countries. Projects with a global focus will not be funded as well as organisations with an average yearly turnover of more than EUR 500,000. The proposed projects must be non-profit.



The IKI Small Grants safeguard system is a tool to avoid or mitigate harm to people and the environment during the implementation of a project. Therefore, applicants have to assess whether the implementation of a project carries the risk to cause negative impacts.


Standard indicators

The IKI Small Grants standard indicators are an important tool for overall project monitoring but are not part of the project application. The standard indicators will be determined together with the selected project applicants before the signing of the grant agreement.