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IKI Small Grants

Since 2008 the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety has been funding projects that address climate change, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to climate change, conserving natural carbon sinks / REDD+ / forest landscape restoration (FLR) and the conservation of biodiversity (

IKI projects and programmes are comparably large in scale, calling for integrated approaches of project consortia. Smaller organisations are part of these projects but rather as members of larger consortia. However, the implementation of measures under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) also require the dedicated strengthening of the stand-alone capacities of small and local organisations from partner countries. With the IKI Small Grants scheme BMU therefore extends its IKI strategy and outreach to small organisations to encourage active citizen involvement and local approaches to threats caused by climate change and biodiversity loss. They will be supported through the financing of projects including capacity building and aided where possible and necessary by GIZ in integrating their activities into national policy objectives. BMU has commissioned GIZ in the context of the project “Capacity Building and Finance for National and Local Action on Climate and Biodiversity” to implement the IKI Small Grants December, 2019.

The call for project proposals, the selection process and the disbursement of funds are handled by GIZ and in accordance with GIZ procedures. The IKI Small Grants scheme is exclusively aimed at promoting the work of small organisations in developing and emerging economies further defined below. 2. Objectives The focus of the IKI Small Grants scheme is to provide support to the implementation of both the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in implementing 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 future post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework)

1 . As a primary goal project proposals have to clearly address one of the IKI funding areas:

 Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions

 Adapting to the impacts of climate change

 Conserving natural carbon sinks / forestry

 Conserving biological diversity Please note that project proposals must clearly focus on solving challenges related to climate change or nature conservation. Proposals with another key focus will not be considered. Nevertheless, cross-cutting topics such as sustainable urban development and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) are also eligible for funding.

Please refer to the IKI homepage for details on the IKI funding areas:


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