Focus of This Profile: Grants for climate projects in developing and emerging countries through the International Climate Initiative.
Principal Office: Germany
The German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) was established in 1986. The BMU has the lead role for developing the environmental policies of the German federal government.
Internationally, the BMU engages with the European Union on issues of European environmental policy and standards.
Additionally, BMU supports initiatives at the global level that include the International Climate Initiative (ICI). The ICI makes grants for climate projects in developing, newly industrializing, and transition countries.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
International Climate Initiative (ICI). The ICI has several focus areas, or key elements.
Grant recipients are organizations and consortiums in Germany and internationally. They include the German government’s development agencies (GIZ and KfW); international organizations and multilateral development banks; and NGOs, universities, research institutes, foundations, and private companies.
About the International Climate Initiative
APPLICATION: The ICI posts an annual call for proposals.
ICI uses a two-stage process for project selection. Applicants submit project outlines before a posted calendar deadline. BMU reviews these project outlines in order to invite a smaller number of applicants to submit full proposals.
The details of a project outline include the project’s thematic focus; partner relationships; goals and target groups; anticipated contribution to socioeconomic development; planned activities; sustainability aspects; funding requirements; and a detailed budget.
About how to apply
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
BMU’s website is available in German and English.
The ICI is funded through revenues raised by emissions trading, which is a relatively innovative mechanism to channel financial support to the developing world.
From ICI’s establishment in 2008 through August 2012, the ICI had funded nearly 300 projects for an expenditure exceeding €700 million (not including co-funding).
The ICI’s projects can be searched by region, country, themes, and key words in a database and world map. This provides a good overview of the types of projects that get funded.
Germany funds a National Climate Initiative to fund projects aimed at schools, households, consumers, and local authorities in Germany.
Note: The Terra Viva Grants Directory offers a separate profile of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
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