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Grants from NICFI

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 grant has as its main objective to contribute to achieving the Paris Agreement's goal of a maximum of two degrees global warming and to contribute to sustainable development in tropical forest countries.

The objectives

In addition to the overall goal, the grant will contribute to achieving one or more of the following goals:

  • That the international climate regime is an effective means of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries
  • Cost-effective, early and measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries
  • To preserve natural forest in developing countries to ensure this forest's ability to store carbon
Amazon in Mato Grosso
You might be eligible for grants to preserve tropical rainforests. Read the criteria at the bottom of this page. Credit: Snorre Tønset


Activities and measures funded through the scheme should help achieve one or more of the milestones in the initiative's performance framework (See Grant Scheme Rules, appendix 1):

  • Establish policy for sustainable forestry and land use
  • Establish systems for measuring, reporting and verifying emissions from forests
  • Effective implementation of a new policy for sustainable forestry and land use
  • Improved governance in forest and area management
  • Increased effort against deforestation in the private sector
  • Ensure that REDD + helps to increase the ambition of the global climate regime
  • Increase, long-term and predictable global funding of REDD +
  • Effective safeguards incorporated into REDD + financial institutions

Who are eligible for grants?

Actors who contribute to reaching the goals and milestones can receive grants, such as:

  • Authorities
  • Organizations
  • Public and private institutions
  • Financial Institutions
  • International, national and local competence communities
  • Alliances and networks  

Read more about the criteria for funding here.

Here are the guidelines/template for funding applications.

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 Climaten and Environment or an embassy managing a part of the grant.


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