Selection Procedure

The application window for the 6th EUKI selection procedure opens from 23 November 2021 to 12 January 2022

The documents and assistance required for the submission of project proposals will be published on this page by 23 November. On 7 December 2021, there will be an information day on the 6th selection procedure. All information and updates will be published on this website, in the EUKI newsletter and on our social media channels Twitter and Facebook.

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) finances climate action projects in eight core areas: Climate policy, energy, buildings and municipalities, mobility, agriculture, soils and forestry, awareness, climate-aligned finance and sustainable economy. On this page you find information on the selection procedure for projects applying under the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) funding programme.

The application window for the 6th EUKI selection procedure opens from 23 November 2021 to 12 January 2022.

The projects provisionally selected will be asked to submit a full project proposal, probably in early June 2022. The first projects are scheduled to be launched in September 2022.

Further information and updates concerning the next selection procedure will be published on this website, the EUKI newsletter and via EUKI’s social media channels (Twitter and Facebook).

As part of the annual EU-wide selection procedure, organisations are selected that put forward promising ideas for climate action in Europe. The projects are selected in two rounds.

1st Stage | Preparing a project outline

For the first stage in the procedure, informative project outlines should be prepared in English, indicating the issue to be addressed, project goals and planned measures. These must be submitted by the deadline using only the online application tool on the EUKI website. All project outlines received in full by the deadline will be evaluated. On the basis of the available budget and the selection criteria defined in the information on financing, applicants with promising project outlines will then be asked to develop and submit a full project proposal.

The templates and helpful documents for the first round of the selection procedure will be published by 23 November 2021 in the box to the top right.

2nd Stage | Preparing a project proposal

Implementers on the shortlist will then be asked in writing to submit a full project proposal (second stage in the procedure). This proposal must be submitted within approximately six weeks.

A webseminar on proposal development will be offered to the implementers selected. It is provisionally sheduled to take place take place in June 2022.

Incomplete project applications (including applications without English translations) can result in exclusion from the selection procedure and thus from any project funding.

Projects which are not selected for financing will be notified in writing.

Please find templates and helpful documents for the second round of the selection procedure in the box to the bottom right.

Prospective project implementers must have their official office in an EU member state or be registered there. Prospective implementers from central, eastern and southern Europe in particular are encouraged to submit project proposals. In individual cases, interested parties from EU accession candidate countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) may also apply for financing as implementing partners. Bilateral and multilateral consortia are equally welcome to participate; as a rule, however, the number of implementing partners (in addition to the implementer) must not exceed four.

Prospective funding recipients must be legal entities endowed with legal capacity. Individuals are not eligible for financing. In addition, prospective funding recipients must be non-profit organisations or belong to one of the following categories:

  • Non-governmental organisations
  • National/regional/local authorities
  • Non-profit enterprises
  • Academic and educational institutions

EUKI supports climate projects in EU Member states, with a regional focus on Central, Eastern and Southern Europe as well as the Baltic states. On a case by case basis, applicants from EU candidate states may participate or measures may be financed in these states.

The projects should go beyond borders and their results can be both at national and regional or local level. They should support the implementation and/or further development of national strategies and policies.

More detailed information will be published here by the start of the 6th selection procedure on 24 November 2021.

The following approaches can be pursued individually or in combination:

  • Capacity building
  • Network building
  • Implementing policies and measures, developing strategies and conducting feasibility studies
  • Dialogue formats, dissemination and educational projects

More detailed information will be published here by the start of the 6th selection procedure on 24 November 2021.

How does EUKI’s two-step selection procedure work?

Documents 1st Stage

The documents and guidelines for the 6th EUKI selection procedure will be published here by the start of the selection procedure on 23 November 2021.

Information for EUKI implementing organisations
Here implementers of ongoing EUKI projects can find information about reports on the progress of their project, modification applications and public relations activities.

Implementers are required to report to EUKI on the progress of project implementation every six months. The specific reporting dates are set forth in clause 4.5 of the subsidy or grant agreement.

The reporting template as provided and amended by EUKI must be used for all interim reports and the final report. The final report encompasses the current report period and a review of the entire implementation period.

The report including annexes must be sent to the respective project managers as an original copy and in electronic form.

Template: Narrative Report

Template: Final Narrative Report

Guidelines: EUKI Success Stories

Grant agreements (for implementers domiciled outside Germany): Based on the schedule of financial requirements the implementer requests payment of the expected amount of funds needed for three months at a time. After the first two advance payments, each further call for disbursement must be accompanied by an interim financial statement covering the penultimate payment period. For more information please see article 3 of your grant agreement.


The template as provided by GIZ in its current version is to be used for all financial statements and calls for disbursement. Each financial statement must include the current reporting period as well as the amount of own and/or third-party funding contributed.

The signed originals must be sent to giz headquarters in Eschborn (address is pre-printed on the covering note) and to the respective financial managers in electronic form.

Templates can be found here

Any modifications to the substance of the project design require a formal contract supplement. Approval for a contract supplement must be obtained from the EUKI team prior to preparation of the documents. Modifications to the substance include, for example:

  • Exceeding budget categories/individual items by more than 20%
  • Changes to the project term
  • Top-ups / increases
  • Amendments to project goals (outcome and outputs) and indicators
  • Loss or replacement of implementing partners in the course of implementation

For a contract amendment to be processed, the following documents must be presented without exception:

  • Reasons for need to make changes
  • Revised project proposal and, if applicable, project schedule (annex 2)
  • Revised budget

Changes to project proposal and budget must be highlighted in yellow.

Please send the documents to your respective sector-specific and financial project managers.

The EUKI communications team supports the projects financed by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) in communicating their activities, achievements and results to the public. All project activities must comply with the corporate design guidelines.

Projects are encouraged to share products generated or milestones reached with the EUKI communications team. The EUKI Secretariat supports the dissemination of results, for instance via the website (news articles, publications, videos, community, etc.) and social network channels (Facebook, Twitter).

EUKI Information on Public Relations

Guidelines for EUKI News Articles

Guidelines EUKI Community Platform

You have successfully completed the two-step application process for EUKI funding and have signed the contract? This video briefly explains what you should know and expect regarding the financial implementation of your project within the European Climate Initiative (EUKI).