Small project funding

Brief project description

Title: Capacity Building and Finance for Local Action on Climate and Biodiversity (CBF)

Commissioning authority: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Country: Global

Overall term: 2019 to 2025

The IKI primarily supports large-scale projects. However, the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity also requires the strengthening of smaller stakeholders' capacities in developing and emerging economies. The new IKI programme for small-scale global projects, "Capacity Building and Finance for National and Local Action on Climate and Biodiversity" (CBF) addresses this issue precisely and is specifically geared to small-scale projects.

Who receives funding?

One key objective of the programme is to increase the competence of stakeholders and the climate and biodiversity policy-related institutional landscape of the IKI partner countries. Among other topics, the focus here is on social issues of structural change and the promotion of women. Smaller stakeholders, decentralised solutions and innovations will be specifically promoted in future. The BMU is funding the CBF programme with up to €30 million for a term of six years. By the end of the project, more than 100 project proposals from smaller organisations will have been funded worldwide. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been commissioned with the project implementation.

How is the selection procedure structured?

The selection procedure for small projects is divided into two funding lines. On the one hand, projects of smaller, local non-governmental and non-profit organisations can receive grants averaging €100,000, while on the other, national and regional funding institutions will be financially strengthened, enabling them to locally promote the respective national and regional funding structures for climate protection and biodiversity more efficiently. The national funding institutions thus fill the role of cooperation partners for strengthening implementation capacities in the country. The first invitation to submit project proposals should be launched this year. The proposal and award procedures will be carried out via several international calls for proposals.


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Nana Künkel


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