Capacity Building and Finance for Local Action on Climate and Biodiversity (CBF)

Project description

Title: Capacity Building and Finance for Local Action on Climate and Biodiversity (CBF)
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Country: Global
Overall term: 2019 to 2025


Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing countries, emerging economies and countries in transition since 2008 through its International Climate Initiative (IKI). Until now, there have been very few opportunities for small national and local organisations to gain direct access to international funding for climate and biodiversity projects. With this programme, the BMU is expanding its funding strategy and launching a new funding window for these organisations. 


Small subnational, national and regional organisations are implementing measures to help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity. They have developed greater organisational expertise and are helping to drive key change processes in their respective countries.


The programme will provide funding for small organisations in order to raise levels of awareness and engagement in relation to climate and biodiversity issues and to promote wider social involvement in the corresponding change processes in the partner countries. This is the first IKI funding programme to focus specifically on small organisations and on decentralised and innovative solutions. There will be two separate funding lines. The first of these involves a worldwide project application and selection procedure. On this basis, the programme will award over 100 financing agreements between now and 2025. The selected projects will each receive up to EUR 100,000. Most of the available funding will go to non-profit and non-governmental organisations. The selection process will identify individual projects with the potential to gain experience and achieve results that can subsequently be put to good use in further projects, thus helping to shape and implement national strategies and attract new funding from donors. 

The programme also provides support to national and regional funding mechanisms such as foundations and funds. The programme will identify and advise suitable institutions and provide them with larger-scale funding. The funding recipients are also small subnational, national and regional implementing organisations in partner countries.
The selected small projects and funding mechanisms will also receive support from the respective country office of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. One of the programme’s key objectives is to build up expertise and experience. The intention is for those funding mechanisms and small organisations which receive support to develop both their specialist knowledge and administrative capacity so that they can launch and implement climate and biodiversity projects over the long term. 

This IKI funding programme addresses the challenges posed by major structural and social transformations all around the world, including digitalisation and urbanisation. There is a risk that these global megatrends could exacerbate existing social and environmental problems. At the same time, however, they open up new potential and opportunities for finding innovative solutions. For this reason, the programme has been designed for broader use as a laboratory and incubator for innovative and experimental approaches.