IKI Medium Grants

The IKI Medium Grants funds projects that are  implemented jointly by German-based organisations with their local partners in ODA-eligible (Official Development Assistance) countries. Projects can focus on implementing model projects, education and training for awareness-raising and building up expert knowledge or organizational capacity building in the target countries. The aim is to strengthen the capabilities of civil society stakeholders by enabling them to make transformative, bottom-up contributions to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). A two-stage selection procedure on projects with varying key topics is held on a regular basis.

Implementing organisations based in Germany that are active in international cooperation in climate and biodiversity protection are eligible to apply. Each project can receive a grant of between EUR 300,000 to a maximum of EUR 800,000 over a period of two to three years. Projects can be implemented in a maximum of two countries.

Current selection procedure

The current selection procedure for project outlines started on 12 February 2020. Please note the official funding information (PDF, 925 KB) and the following general conditions.

The selection procedure for IKI Medium Grants is a two-stage process.

For the first stage of the selection procedure, project outlines in German can be submitted until midnight on 12 May 2020, 12 pm (CEST), exclusively via theIKI online platform. Only complete project outlines submitted  by the deadline on the online platform will be considered. In the second stage of the procedure, all implementing organisations with highly potential project outlines will be invited  to submit a detailed project proposal.

Projects can be funded from the first quarter of 2021 at the earliest. As a rule, project fund extensions from the IKI funding programme is not possible.

General information on the selection procedure

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) regularly selects projects to be funded within the IKI framework by means of idea competitions. Detailed information on funding conditions, selection criteria, funding objectives and funding priorities can be found in the document entitled “Funding Information on IKI Medium Grants”.

The evaluation of the project outlines and proposals is carried out by Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH on behalf of BMU and under the supervision of relevant experts, if required. BMU will select the project outlines with high potential based on available budget funds.

Eligible organisations

Funding is provided to civil society organisations (foundations, federations, associations, trade unions), university departments and institutes of state-owned and private universities, non-university research institutions and think tanks, as well as non-profit enterprises, all of them with their headquarters and business activities based in Germany.

As a rule, implementing organisations, which submit applications, must have been continuously active in international cooperation in climate and biodiversity protection for at least three years. They must also have a proven capacity to jointly develop and implement projects with the extensive involvement of implementing partners in the target countries.

IKI Safeguards

The IKI Safeguards System is an important tool to prevent or mitigate damage that could affect persons and/or the environment during the implementation of a project. The IKI Safeguards apply to all IKI projects, without restriction. During the second stage of the selection procedure, applicant organisations must therefore submit an assessment of whether their project involves relevant risks. In the case of a potential risk, appropriate instruments (e.g. monitoring by indicators, desk study, safeguards planning workshop) for the reduction, monitoring and management of risks must be included in the project proposal. The IKI Safeguards approach ensures that risks are addressed and managed. The IKI safeguards system is based on the Safeguards of the Green Climate Fund (GCF, interim IFC Standards) and is also subject to universal guiding principles, such as the observance of human rights.



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