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 Call for Proposals is closed. The application deadline ended 05.03.2020 at 23:59:59 Central European Time (CET). Please also note that we could only answer questions regarding this call and the submission platform until 05.03.2020 at 16:00:00 CET.

The applications now will be subject to a detailed technical and legal-financial evaluation by the GIZ’s IKI Small Grants Team in Berlin, during which GIZ’s 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 review of the project concept.

The duration of the proposed projects should range 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQs only present a quick overview. For further details on the funding criteria we strongly recommend carefully reading the IKI Small Grants Funding Information, the IKI Small Grants Application Guidelines and the other documents provided on our website.

Which organisations are eligible for funding by the IKI Small Grants programme?

Funding will only be granted:

  • to organisations based and registered in an ODA country (check: list of ODA countries)
  • to organisations founded at least three years ago (year 2017 or before)
  • to organisations with an average annual revenue not exceeding EUR 500,000 (during the last three years)
  • Consortia are not eligible as this would imply the forwarding of project funds from the lead organization to partners in the consortia. However, forwarding of funds is not permitted.

Which projects are eligible for funding?

Funding will only be granted to projects:

  • implemented in an ODA country (check: list of ODA countries)
  • if they clearly focus on solving challenges related to climate change or nature conservation which means, that they clearly address one of the four IKI funding areas (1) Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, (2) Adapting to the impacts of climate change, (3) Conserving natural carbon sinks/forestry, (4) Conserving biodiversity.
  • if the project pursues not-for-profit activities: These would be activities which are not connected to the organisation’s income generation. Please note that the grants are not intended for project proposals that aim to strengthen a company or a for-profit organisation.
  • research projects will not be financed unless they have a strong implementation component. This means that basic research projects concentrating mainly on data collection, evaluation, and publications are not eligible as such. However, a project that has its main focus in addressing the needs of target groups and through this achieving substantial changes in our funding areas, is welcome to carry out project related research as a side activity.

How is the decision-making process for the project selection?

  • GIZs IKI Small Grants team will review the applications and select projects in accordance with the BMU.
  • The selection process will take several months, probably until August 2020. Please refrain from inquiries about the status of your proposal.
  • Once the selection process is completed all applicants will be informed if they have been selected for funding or not.
  • We will not communicate any further details of the decision-making process other than the funding criteria and priorities already published on the website and in the related documents.

What is the funding organisations can apply for and which expenditures are eligible for funding?

  • The overall IKI Small Grants financed part of the project budget must lie between EUR 20,000 and EUR 100,000.
  • The funding volume shall not exceed one third of the applicant’s average annual turnover of the last three years.
  • The funding can be used to cover the following expenditures:
    • internal staffexternal staff / consultants
    • transportation / travel costs
    • training costs
    • event costs
    • equipment (items above the value of EUR 800 will have to be inventoried. The project proposal should include a proposition for the future use of these items.)
    • other costs /consumables (i.e. translations, IT services)
    • internal capacity building (exclusively applies to non-profit organisations; up to 10 % of the overall funding budget can be applied for capacity development)
    • administrative overhead costs
  • Forwarding funds to other implementing partners will not be permitted.
  • Own or third-party funds are not required but are greatly appreciated and encouraged.


IKI Small Grants team

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Potsdamer Platz 10
10785 Berlin, Germany