Application Info

What is funded?

The fund supports short-term, small-scale projects and activities to foster the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Activities must be in line with the national priorities of the partner countries. They should contribute to achieving national goals for implementing the 2030 Agenda and be embedded in a broader political or social process in the country. Funding can, for example, be granted for studies, capacity development or events.

The projects or activities funded must contribute to one of the following three areas:

Aligning policies and processes with the 2030 Agenda

creating institutional and strategic framework conditions for implementing the 2030 Agenda and shaping global goals at the national and local level.

Mobilising domestic resources and private investments for sustainable development

strengthening innovative approaches to budgetary planning and control, implementing tax system reforms and reinforcing the mobilisation of domestic resources and private investments.

Capacity building for monitoring and reviewing the 2030 Agenda

strengthening capacities to collect, process, interpret and communicate the necessary data for reporting.


The procurement of goods must not account for more than 20% percent of the total budget. Please consider that permanent salaries and the salaries of public officials cannot be covered and would be expected to be included as a partner contribution. Permanent running costs, such as heating, electricity, lightning or rent, are also expected to be included as a partner contribution. The projects funded should not be covered by existing commissions. In general, GIZ guidelines and rules apply.

Amount of funding

The funding structure is flexible. Funding of between EUR 50,000 and about EUR 125,000 can be granted for projects and activities.

Duration of implementation period

The project implementation period is between 4 and 12 months. Projects can start in October 2018 at the earliest and must end by September 2019 at the latest.

Who can apply?

Applications can be submitted in two forms:

  • Political partners or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) apply individually in order to obtain a financing agreement (political partners) or grant agreement (NGOs). In such cases, partners must meet certain commercial and legal requirements to be eligible to enter into a financing agreement with GIZ. Please see the ‘Special requirements for individual applications by political partners and NGOs’ for details.
  • State and non-state institutions and organisations in partner countries can also apply in conjunction with technical cooperation projects (GIZ projects). In such cases, the GIZ project submits the joint application and names the implementing partner in the application.

Other relevant organisations/institutions associated with project implementation should be named on the application form.

Formal requirements for all applications

All applications must be submitted via the online application portal. All applicants must answer a series of questions regarding the project idea (see application criteria) and upload a budget plan. Please use only the budget plan template provided.

In the case of an individual application by political partners or NGOs, applicants are required to upload the eligibility check.

Applications can be submitted online via the website from 1 June 2018 to 31 July 2018. Applicants will be informed of the funding decision by the end of September/beginning of October 2018.

All successful applicants will be requested to submit a mid-term progress report and a final report by the end of the implementation period (September 2019 at the latest).

Application criteria

All applications submitted must include information on the criteria listed below. These criteria are also the basis for the online application form all applicants must complete.

  • Project title
  • Project start and end date (no later than 30.09.2019)
  • Amount of funding requested (in euros, between €50,000 and €125,000)
  • Contact person and address
  • Country/region: Which country or region will the project be implemented in?
  • Implementing organisation and partners, stating their main contribution to the project’s implementation
  • Project rationale: Why is the project needed in the specific country context?
  • Objective: What is the main objective of your project (1 sentence)?
  • 2030 Agenda implementation area: (1) Policy – aligning policies and processes with the 2030 Agenda, (2) Financing – mobilising domestic resources and private investments for sustainable development, (3) Monitoring & Review – capacity building for monitoring and reviewing the 2030 Agenda.
  • Project’s contribution to implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the country: How is the project contributing to implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the specific context (describe chosen area)?
    How does it take into account the implementation principles?
  • Implementation level and target group: What is your project’s implementation level (national, subnational, local) and target group?
  • Methodology: What are the main steps to achieve your goal?
  • Up to three examples of planned activities
  • Expected outcome: What are the direct results/changes achievable through your project?
  • Risks: What could impede the success of the project?
  • Relevance to the country’s priorities and integration into a broader political or social process in the partner country: How does the project contribute to national political or social processes aimed at implementing the 2030 Agenda?
  • Follow-up: Are there opportunities for follow-up activities/funding?
  • Budget plan (see template).

Special requirements for individual applications by political partners and NGOs

If a political partner or NGO applies for funding individually (without a GIZ project), it applies either for a financing agreement (political partners) or a grant agreement (NGOs). For both types of contracts, the political partner/NGO must fulfil certain commercial and legal requirements. The political partner/NGO must therefore complete the separate eligibility check and upload it when applying online.

Before answering the detailed questions in the checklist, please take a look at the following overarching legal and administrative criteria. The institution/organisation submitting the application must meet all of these criteria in order to receive a financing agreement or grant agreement from GIZ. If it does not meet one or more criteria, it is not eligible to apply for funding individually and the checklist does not need to be filled out.

  • own legal status
  • non-profit status
  • accounting by qualified personnel according to national standards
  • competitive tendering procedures according to domestic law and international standards
  • internal and external audits
  • positive experiences with a financing or grant agreement from GIZ or from another international organisation.
Please note that the application deadline has expired since 31 July