International Climate Initiative (IKI) Small Grants supports projects and organizations worldwide that tackle climate change, address local adaptation, and conserve forests and biodiversity. Since 2008 the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Government has been funding large scale projects that support the implementation of both the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in enacting the Paris Agreement as well as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in addressing the global loss of biodiversity (Aichi Targets and the goals of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework).
From 30 November 2022 to 15 March 2023, small organizations are invited to apply for funding of climate and biodiversity projects. The call for proposals is addressed to small regional, national, and local organizations based in ODA-eligible countries (except for current and potential EU member candidates except for Ukraine).
Eligibility Criteria concerning the Project
Ambitious project proposals should focus on one or more of the following International Climate Initiative (IKI) funding areas:
(Please note that proposals with another key focus will not be considered)
- The duration of the proposed projects should cover a minimum of twelve months and a maximum of three years. Longer durations may be acceptable if justified appropriately.
- Projects must be implemented on a local, national, or regional level. Projects with a global focus cannot be funded.
- Projects must be implemented by the applicant organisation itself. Forwarding of funds to other implementing partners or beneficiaries is not permitted.
- The requested financing is in the right proportion to your annual revenue (as specified in our funding information).
- The application includes all mandatory documents.
- Projects must have an initial draft of a capacity development concept.
- The submitted documents are filled out completely (that includes all spreadsheets of Excel documents such as Budget and GANTT Chart).
- The current templates provided on this website have been used (refrain from reformatting or modifying to avoid unintended mistakes).
- The project proposal must be submitted in English.
Eligibility Criteria concerning the Applicant Organisations
- Applicant organisations have to be not-for-profit organisations. For-profit non-government organisations are eligible if they pursue strictly non-profit objectives within the scope of their proposed project.
- Applicants must be based and registered in countries that are on the DAC List of ODA Recipients. Please note that proposals from countries that are official or potential candidates for EU membership are not eligible. This does not apply to Ukraine.
- Organisations must be operative for at least three years.
- Over the last three years, the organization must have an average annual revenue of at least 60,000 and no more than 500,000 euros.
- The average annual revenue of the last three years should be higher than (or equal to) the requested funding volume.
- The average annual revenue does not exceed the maximum turnover for eligible organisations (as specified in our funding information).
- The applicant must have dedicated accounting staff and have accounting principles that ensure internal as well as external control mechanisms.
- The applicant organisation must employ a software-based accounting system which meets its respective national standards. (Excel is not considered as sufficient).
The documents can be located on IKI website via the link
Applications can be submitted until 15 March 2023.