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European Climate Initiative launches 4th Call for Project Ideas

European Climate Initiative launches 4th Call for Project Ideas

Deadline: 18 February 2020

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) has launched the 4th Call for Project Ideas 2020.

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EUKI supports projects designed to enhance the implementation of the EU climate and energy framework, to support the transition to low-emission economies and societies in Europe, to conduct trans-national climate education work and to foster a better understanding of Germany’s climate policy in other European countries.
The initiative will focus on three approaches designed to support both state and non-state actors working to protect the climate and to initiate a process of transformative change in Europe:
Creating awareness and pooling knowledge: Climate change awareness and background knowledge varies within the different EU Member States. EUKI will support education and training projects to turn local actors into multipliers for climate policy know how.
Establishing networks and exchanging successful models: Understanding the viewpoints of other countries and the local context is a prerequisite for joint and decisive action in Europe. Dialogue and the exchange of information constitute the basis for any joint solution strategies. EUKI thus supports the networking of climate stakeholders across Europe. This helps and allows both state and non-governmental organisations to exchange knowledge, experience and best practices.
Capacity development: Effective climate action across Europe is not possible without adequate human and organisational capacities. With this in mind, EUKI supports measures designed to build up the expertise of key state, civil society, business and education policy actors in terms of technical knowledge, methodologies and management. It also supports measures to set up and develop organisations and to adapt existing strategies and regulations.
Funding Information

A grant between EUR 50,000 and at most EUR 1,000,000 may be made for each project. The term of the project should be not more than 28 months. Projects must be concluded in March 2023 at the latest.

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Object of Financing

The EUKI finances climate projects. Implementers must have their official office in an EU Member State or be registered there. In accordance with the regional focus of EUKI, implementers from Central, Eastern, South-Eastern and Southern Europe in particular are encouraged to submit project proposals. For the first time and in specific cases, interested parties from EU candidate countries can also apply for financing (as implementing partners) in the 4th Call for Project Ideas.
Bilateral and multilateral consortia are equally sought; however, a mximum of four implementing partners are accepted in addition to the implementing partner.
The following approaches can be pursued individually or in combination:
Capacity development
Creation of networks
Implementing policies and measures, developing strategies and conducting feasibility studies
Dialogue formats, dissemination projects and education
Eligibility Criteria

Target countries: EUKI supports climate projects in EU Member States, with a regional focus on Central, Eastern, South-Eastern and Southern Europe. On a case by case basis, applicants from EU candidate states may participate or measures may be financed in these states.
Potential recipients of financing must be legal persons with their own legal capacity. Individuals are excluded from financing.
Potential financing recipients must be non-profit entities and must belong to one of the following groups:
Non-governmental organisations
Local/regional/national government authorities
Non-profit companies
Universities, research and educational institutions
Selection Criteria

Project outlines and proposals are evaluated on their general quality and the following criteria:

Relevance: The planned measures must be in line with one or more of the objectives of the European Climate Initiative and be compatible with the climate and energy policy objectives and strategies of the target countries.
Quality of project concept:
Appropriateness, rigorous presentation and plausibility of target system (outputs – outcome – impact);
Effectiveness of implementation methods (nature and interaction of planned project activities);
In the case of projects that focus on capacity building: the suitability of the capacity-development strategy, especially the interaction between capacity-development measures at individual, organisational and systemic levels;
Completeness and realistic assessment of risks;
Quality of indicators and nature of data collection for measuring project success;
Comprehensible and balanced division of tasks, appropriate steering structure and instruments;
Quality, comprehensibility and feasibility of work plan.
Networking and synergies: Projects should establish links to and cooperate with current or previous projects financed by the German Federal Government, Germany‘s federal states, the European Union and national and other donors.
Sustainability: Projects will only be considered if they are sustainable. This applies to:
the integration of the project results into the policies of the partner country/target region,
replicability/upscaling potential and
the financial sustainability of the instruments/structures/products developed, e.g. securing follow-up financing
Efficiency: The envisaged use of funding should be proportionate to the desired outcomes.
For more information, visit https://www.euki.de/en/project-financing/

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