IKI 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 Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) specifically commits itself to strengthen smaller organisations worldwide and their decentralised solutions. The programme has been supporting small projects as well as funding institutions in ODA-eligible countries since 2019 and promotes their capacity development.

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.

Projects under the ‘International Calls” component are identified via annual calls for proposals with a single-stage selection procedure. It is planned that by 2025, ‘International Calls’ will have funded approximately 100 projects.

Under the ‘Funding Institutions” component, national and regional institutions receive technical and financial support for implementing calls for proposals or providing funds at a local level.

In both components, capacity development is an important and integral part in order to strengthen climate and biodiversity actors worldwide and encourage these organisations to accelerate their role as agents of change.

For further information please visit the IKI Small Grants Websites


Eligible implementing organisations “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 EUR 60,000 and EUR 500,000.

Funding amount: EUR 20,000 – 200,000

Funding duration: 6 – 24 months


Eligible implementing organisation “Funding Institutions”: The ‘Funding Institutions’ component strengthens the capabilities of larger national and regional institutions to implement their own funding programmes.

Funding amount: up to EUR 850,000

Funding duration: up to 30 months

The selection process for the component “funding institutions” has been completed.

Current selection procedure

IKI Small Grants launches 3rd Call for Proposals

The third call for proposals by IKI Small Grants is open from 15th of December 2021 to 15th of April 2022. In a one-stage selection procedure, small regional, national and local organisations based in an ODA-eligible country can apply for funding for local or regional climate and biodiversity projects. IKI Small Grants provides funding between EUR 60,000 and EUR 200,000.

Further information …

Information regarding previous calls and related documents

The application period for the 2nd IKI Small Grants call for proposals ended on the 9th of February 2021. The IKI Small Grants team would like to thank all applicants for their great interest!

All project outlines received before the deadline were subject to an in-depth review based on defined criteria and were finally selected in consultation with the BMU. Subsequently, the applicants were informed by email about the result of the evaluation and the further procedure.

For further information on the 2020 and 2021 calls, important documents and grant agreement annexes please visit the IKI Small Grants website.