Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany: Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to support programmes on policy advice, capacity building, technology cooperation and investment as well as the implementation of policies and strategies.

Funding brief: The International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) finances climate and biodiversity programmes in ODAeligible states. It supports programmes on policy advice, capacity building, technology cooperation and investment as well as the implementation of policies and strategies. The selection procedure consists of two stages (Stage 1: Submission of a programme outline; Stage 2: Submission of the complete programme proposal following the call for proposals). 1. The objectives of the IKI The IKI’s main objectives are climate protection and the conservation of biodiversity within the context of the respective international agreements. The IKI mainly supports partner countries in the implementation and further development of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) anchored in the Paris Agreement. The signatory states of the Paris Agreement define their climate protection and adaptation targets in the NDCs, up to and including 2030. In the field of biodiversity, the IKI supports partner countries in their efforts to achieve the goals of the CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) to address the dramatic global loss of our natural resources. IKI’s funding measures aim to contribute to the specific implementation of the Aichi goals of the CBD’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan and the goals of the future global framework for biological diversity for the years after 2020. Activities are derived in particular from the CBD guidelines and the NBSAPs (National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans). The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015 with its 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) forms a global framework for climate protection and biodiversity conservation that goes beyond the two conventions (UNFCCC and CBD).

Guidelines and Standard Indicators
Programme application is open to applicants worldwide through a regular call for proposals. This two-stage procedure is designed to ensure that funding is awarded to ambitious programmes with the most suitable implementing organisations. Applicants, whose submitted programme outlines have passed the first stage of the selection process according to predefined criteria by the BMU, are invited in a second phase to submit detailed programme proposals. These proposals are expected to be drafted in concordance with the guidelines on results-based programme planning and monitoring in the IKI, also known as the guidelines on programme planning and monitoring. The following points apply in particular to BMU-funded programmes:

Designing an international climate finance architecture:
The IKI supports mechanisms for mobilising additional funding, private investments in particular, as well as sustainable business models for climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation measures.
Innovation and the multiplier effect:
IKI programmes should follow technologically, environmentally, methodologically or institutionally ambitious and replicable approaches that are transferrable and that achieve results beyond individualprogrammes.
Transparency and Coherence:
The IKI supports its partner countries in making measurable, reportable and verifiable (MRV) contributions to climate change mitigation. BMU also participates in the international debate on MRV. On the one hand, it is continuously improving its own monitoring approach. The planning and monitoring of IKI programmes follows the impact logic of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). On the other hand, the IKI also focuses on strengthening transparency and governance structures in international climate financing.
Learning from Experience:
Stakeholders active in the IKI use platforms such as workshops or online networks to exchange experiences and know-how and learn from one another. An independent evaluation of individual projects and the entire programme provide important insights for continuously improving the IKI.
Standard Indicators:
As from 2015, all new programmes are to use not only the programme-specific indicators, but also the overarching standard indicators that summarise the central impacts of the IKI funding programme. Each programme reports on all standard indicators to which it has made a significant contribution.

IKI’s standard indicators are:
Reduction indicator: Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and increase in carbon storage (as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) in the project/programme area.
Adaptation indicator: Number of people the programme directly assists with adaptation to climate change impacts or ecosystem conservation.
Ecosystem indicator: Ecosystem area (in hectares) that is improved or protected by the programme’s activities.
Policy indicator: Number of new or improved policy frameworks for managing climate change and/or conserving biodiversity.
Institution indicator: Number of new or improved institutionalised structures or processes for managing climate change and/or conserving biodiversity.
Methods indicator: Number of new or improved methodological tools for managing climate change and conserving biodiversity.

Funding priorities
The programmes apply for one of the 13 thematic funding priorities:
Bringing financial flows into line with climate change goals – implementation of Article 2, para. (1)(c) of the Paris Agreement
Capacity building to meet the transparency requirements of the Paris Agreement
Digitalisation of transportation in Asian or Latin American urban areas
Alternatives to new fossil energy infrastructure, in particular to coal-fired power generation
Energy efficiency in the fields of industrial and production facilities, trade and commerce
Strategic use of cooperative approaches under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
Establishing climate-friendly and biodiversity-friendly product standards and consumption methods
Upscaling, mainstreaming and implementation of community-based adaptation
Activities at the UN Decade for the restoration of ecosystems, with the focus on forests
Conservation and restoration of peatland ecosystems
Protection of terrestrial and marine biodiversity
Protection of pollinator and insect diversity
Capacity building for the implementation of the work programmes of the World Biodiversity Council (IPBES)

Donor Name: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany
Funding name: The International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Deadline: Programme outlines can be submitted until 19th, March, 2020, 24:00 Hrs (CET) exclusively through the IKI online platform in English.

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Funding limit: The funding volume provided by the BMU per programme amounts to between 15 million EUR and -20 million EUR. In the case of thematic funding priorities related to biodiversity, the exception rule applies that programmes are funded to amounts between 5 million and 20 million EUR. In the case of funding priority 7, “Climate and biodiversity-friendly products”, the funding volume is limited to between 5 million and 10 million EUR. The funding volume for funding priority 13 “Capacity building for the implementation of the work programmes of the World Biodiversity Council (IPBES)“ is limited to 5 million to 8 million EUR. Any shortfall in funding volume results in exclusion

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: The earliest start of the programmes will be from the 3rd quarter of 2020.

Project duration: The maximum duration of the programme should be eight years.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
The International Climate Initiative is open to a broad range of participants from Germany and abroad. It supports programmes carried out in partner countries by federal implementing agencies, NGOs, business enterprises, universities and research institutes, and by international and multinational organisations and institutions, e.g. development banks and United Nations bodies and programmes.
Requirements for implementing organisations The following institutions may apply: Non-governmental organisations, business enterprises, universities and research institutions from Germany and abroad, implementing organisations of the Federal Republic of Germany, institutions in the partner countries (including accredited national implementation organisations in international or multilateral organisations), as well as multilateral organisations and institutions such as development banks and United Nations organisations and programmes. One prerequisite for funding is the application as a consortium, i.e. an association of at least two organisations. In justified individual cases, programmes with a volume of less than 7 million EUR may also be implemented by only one organisation. Consortia must each designate an implementing organisation with primary responsibility. The organisation which is primarily responsible is designated as the sole contractual or agreement partner of the BMU. It is the exclusive recipient of direct payments from the BMU and is responsible for the budgetary implementation of the programme. Subcontracting is permitted in case of proven economic viability. A cooperation agreement with all other implementing organisations must be concluded (see information sheet in Annex II); this cooperation agreement should – as far as possible – already form part of the application in the outline procedure.
The implementing organisation primarily responsible must meet the following criteria: · Together with local partners, it must have implemented programmes in the field of international cooperation and in the relevant thematic field for at least five years.
The annual BMU programme funding volume may not exceed the annual turnover of the primarily responsible implementing organisation, measured against the last three financial years (to be shown). · The implementing organisation primarily responsible must present its access to the relevant stakeholders in the partner country. The suitability of the consortium will also be assessed according to the following criteria: a. Suitability of the main implementing organisation responsible (technical, administrative and management competences) b. Suitability of the other implementing organisations (technical and administrative competences) c. Consistency of the distribution of roles and responsibilities within the consortium

Eligible Country: The following criteria must be taken into account when selecting partner countries: · All partner countries must be ODA-eligible on the deadline for submission of the programme outline (cf. List of ODA-eligible countries). · The country profile is partially further specified in the thematic funding priority. · If the country profile is not specified in the funding priority, the rule that regional programmes are preferred shall apply. In the case of regional programmes, the countries in the relevant geographical region do not necessarily have to be geographical neighbours. Bilateral programmes are possible but they must have a regional dimension. Global programmes covering more than one geographical region are eligible only in exceptional cases and must offer a justified added value. In order to implement the programmes, the governments of the partner countries must have an explicit interest in cooperating with the Federal Republic of Germany on climate protection or biodiversity preservation. In the first selection stage, an initial assessment must be made with regard to political support and a contact/reference person in the government of the partner country (political partner) must be indicated. In the second selection stage, political acceptance must be ensured by the implementing organisation together with the BMU.

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How to apply: Programme outlines can be submitted until 19 March 2020, 24:00 Hrs (CET) exclusively through the IKI online platform in English. The application form will soon be available online. FundForBangladesh-BorderVisit all Funding opportunities: Click to view
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