Article | Last updated: 07/01/2020
Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative – NICFI - is financed from the Norwegian aid budget and managed by the Ministry of Climate and Environment. The main objective for the grant is that reduced and reversed loss of tropical forests contributes to a stable climate, protects biodiversity and enhances sustainable development.
The main objective has two sub-goals; (i) contribute to sustainable land use and (ii) contribute to reduced pressure on forests from global markets.
Projects funded under the scheme shall contribute to reaching one or more of the outcomes set out in the initiative's results framework (see Appendix 1 in the Grant scheme rules):
- Approved and implemented policies for sustainable forest and land use in tropical forest countries and jurisdictions
- Improved rights and livelihoods for indigenous peoples and local communities in tropical forest countries
- Effective international incentive structures for reduced deforestation in tropical forest countries
- Increased transparency in land management, land use, value chains and financing
- Commodity markets stimulate deforestation-free production in tropical forest countries
- Financial markets stimulate deforestation-free commodity production in tropical forest countries
- Reduced forest crime
Who are eligible for grants?
Actors who contribute to reaching the goals can receive grants, such as:
- Public and private institutions
- Financial Institutions
- International, national and local competence communities
- Alliances and networks
In 2020 Norad has launched a call for proposals for funding for civil society organizations for the grant period 2021-2025, here: https://grants.mfa.no/#call/1801/details. The deadline for civil society applications is 20 April 2020.
The Ministry of Climate and Environment is responsible for the Climate and Forest Initiative, but both Norad and several embassies have delegated responsibility for different parts of the portfolio.
Those who fulfill the conditions for applying for grants can send an application to the Ministry of Climat and Environment, Norad or an embassy managing a part of the grant. See also Norads homepage for more information.