The Norwegian Climate and Forest funding to civil society

New call for proposals for 2021-2025. Extended deadline.

NICFI 2021-2025: Call for proposals

Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) hereby launches a call for proposals for funding for civil society organisations for the grant period 2021-2025.

Civil society organisations are invited to present proposals for projects that contribute to NICFI’s strategic goal, which is that reversed and reduced loss of tropical forest contribute to a stable climate, protect biodiversity and enhance sustainable development.

Projects funded under this grant scheme must address one or more of the five following categories:

  1. Indigenous peoples, local communities and environmental defenders
  2. Deforestation-free supply chains and financial markets
  3. Reduced forest crime and improved forest monitoring
  4. Mobilising ambition and support for forest friendly policies
  5. Groundbreaking ideas to reduce deforestation

See the full announcement text and application form at the Norwegian Grants PortalApplications must be submitted electronically and in English through the Grants Portal.

Extended deadline

The Covid-19 virus has severely impacted society at large in most countries relevant to Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative. The situation requires a lot from all of us.

We understand that several organisations are in a difficult situation and cannot function efficiently at the moment. We have therefore decided to postpone the application deadline for the current NICFI call for proposals to 19 May 2020 at 13:00 CEST.

We still intend for projects to begin implementation during the first quarter of 2021. Our current plan is to decide which applications to award by January 2021, and sign grant agreements during the first quarter of 2021, which will be effective starting 1 January 2021.

We strongly urge all potential applicants to exercise the necessary social responsibility by following the instructions of national and local authorities, ensuring that life and health remain the upmost priority. This also pertains to the process for developing your applications. We encourage you to avoid physical meetings to the extent possible and specifically avoid potential spread to vulnerable groups that do not have adequate access to health care.

We have also received messages from applicants that are planning to submit by the original deadline. As it is unclear how the situation with Covid-19 will evolve, we would encourage the applicants that are able to submit before the new deadline to do so.

We are no longer answering inquiries regarding the application process as of May 1st, as the deadline to submit an application is approaching. We suggest that you redirect towards our updated Q&A page for any doubts you might have regarding the call.

The projects

Kart over skogprosjekter fra siviltsamfunn

Visit out digital world map to learn more about the climate and forest projects supported by Norad. See which organisations we support, where they work and what outcomes they hope to achieve. 

In the map you find results information about the projects from the 2013-2015 portfolio and information about the 2016-2020 portfolio. 

Through its international Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI), the Norwegian government aims at supporting efforts to slow, halt and eventually reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+).

Civil society is seen as important agent of change and central actor in furthering and applying REDD+. Norad manages the funding to civil society under NICFI.