International Calls


Project review phase

What is a project review?

The projects that have been selected for funding undergo a comprehensive technical and legal/commercial review. During this review process, the IKI Small Grants team is in regular contact with the applicant in order to prepare the final project outline for the grant agreement. The following sections present important information and documents on the different aspects of this review process.

All applicants have been given a project number when submitting their application. This number must be included in every communication to IKI Small Grants to ensure that all enquiries reach the responsible advisors and can be processed quickly and effectively

In the boxes below you can find important guidelines and documents for previous calls.

Capacity Development

IKI Small Grants aims to not only provide funding to implement relevant climate and biodiversity projects, but to also support the selected applicants at an organisational level. This happens via three different types of capacity development measures:

  • Individual capacity development activities
  • General information events
  • Networking activities

For more information, please take a look at our About section.

Regarding individual capacity development measures, a broad spectrum of measures can be requested by the applicant. Development areas are jointly addressed with the GIZ teams in Berlin and the respective country office, ranging from advanced trainings on methodology and networking to advocacy and media performance. To apply for funding for capacity development measures, applicants must identify constraints and potentials regarding capacity development on an organisational level. The requests can be differentiated into two categories: (1) self-organised measures financed by the grant agreement and (2) possible additional capacity development measures supported by GIZ or third-party organisations in the respective country.

Once a project is selected for funding, the respective capacity development needs and the budgeted activities will be reviewed, reflected, and, if necessary, adjusted together with the IKI Small Grants team. The aim is to develop a suitable capacity development package tailored to the organisation’s needs.

The capacity development measures are an important pillar of IKI Small Grants and intend to strengthen and empower the selected organisations. However, the organisations must be able to carry out the project without depending on these capacity development measures. The measures listed in the project proposal cannot be a prerequisite for the project implementation.

IKI Standard Indicators

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) has developed so-called ‘standard indicators’. They are an important tool to monitor all IKI projects, including IKI Small Grants projects. The standard indicators enable both the quantification of project results and the aggregation of outputs on a higher level.

The IKI standard indicators are not part of the application. During the in depth- review of the project proposal the IKI Small Grants Team marks those IKI standard indicators that are relevant for each specific project. Only those ones have to be filled in by the implementing organisation. The IKI Small Grants team also offers support in calculating the target values for the selected indicators. The document linked below presents further details on the IKI standard indicators.

2020 & 2021


Organisations willing to carry out projects for IKI Small Grants “International Calls” have to carry out a safeguards analysis based on the IFC Performance Standards and submit the results in their project application. The risk assessment will be checked by the IKI Small Grants team and regularly updated during the duration of the project. If a risk is identified, safeguards measures to reduce, monitor and manage the risk must be included in the project concept. Identifying risks and suggesting proper monitoring and managing activities will not have an impact on the project selection process!

Organisations selected must adhere to the environmental and social safeguards system applied in IKI Small Grants. The following activities are not permitted: Project activities requiring biodiversity offsets due to their severe negative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services, resettlements and activities including the import or introduction of invasive species. If the identified risks change during project implementation, this has to be communicated to the IKI Small Grants team immediately.

Selected implementing organisations that do not have their own safeguards system or any related expertise will receive assistance from the IKI Small Grants team. Jointly with the team, the implementing organisations will be supported to self-critically assess the project’s potentially unintended negative impacts and will be supported in identifying suitable measures to reduce potential harm.

For more information, please look in our About section.

Promoting Gender Equality

Gender equality plays an important role within the IKI Small Grants programme. Projects are therefore requested to reflect on their actions in terms of their impact on gender equality and to address existing imbalances.

Project implementation phase

Public Relations (Annex 5)

The IKI Small Grants funding provides projects and organisations with the opportunity to be promoted on an international level. This includes the presentation of the selected projects, organisations and highlights from project implementation on the IKI Small Grants website as well as on the website of the Internationale Climate Initiative and via its social media channels.

To present IKI Small Grants projects and organisations as part of one common worldwide initiative, creating a unified public image of IKI Small Grants is vital. Therefore, all organisations implementing projects under the IKI Small Grants programme are requested to contribute to this objective by following the IKI Small Grants public relations guidelines. The document below presents information and regulations regarding media and public relation related to IKI Small Grants projects. The IKI Small Grants public relations (PR) team in Berlin provides support for PR related activities, if needed. The PR team also offers regular webinars on its IKI Small Grants public relations guidelines. According to the needs of the selected implementing organisations, further webinars on PR related topics have been offered.

2020 & 2021

Additional information (only relevant for contracts signed after March 2022): In case a prject includes specific construction works, the PR annex is named Annex 6 and there is different Annex 5 regarding the constructions.

Reporting (Annex 7)

All projects are required to submit reports on their progress and the use of funds at regular intervals.

Additional information (only relevant for contracts signed after March 2022): In case of construction work this is Annex 7

Project closing phase

Final Report

All projects are required to submit a final report on their project results and the use of funds. The project reporting template will be uploaded in due time.


Funding information and guidelines from previous calls

In the boxes below you can find important guidelines and documents for previous calls.