Small-Scale Projects for Development and Cooperation 2024 (closed on 30th April 2024)

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Under this scheme swift and direct financial assistance can be provided to NGOs, local communities, state institutions and religious institutions for the implementation of a micro-project for the benefit of disadvantaged groups of society. Particular consideration will be given to the gender equality policy of the project (e.g. providing equal access to resources such as education, information, income, energy, drinking water and infrastructure, as well as tangibly improving women’s lives in the project area).

For each selected small-scale project funding is available ranging from 5,000 - 10,000 EUR.


Preference is generally given to projects in the sectors of poverty reduction, public health & sanitation improvement, income generation and basic education. There has to be a direct, concrete and sustainable impact for the beneficiaries

General Guidelines for Application (Important):

Federal budgetary regulations require the following conditions to be observed:

  • The implementing agency must be an experienced, qualified and reliable organization, preferably a non-governmental organization (NGO) registered under the Societies Registration Act;
  • Personnel, administrative and running costs (overhead costs, fuel, airtime, etc.) cannot be financed;
  • The implementing agency must be in a position to finance running costs (if applicable);
  • A counterpart contribution in cash or kind is required from the implementing agency;
  • Project proposals should be accompanied by a financial plan and at least two competitive quotations/estimates (in Pula) for each item for which the grant is requested;
  • Implementation of the project without delay after conclusion of the project agreement.
  • The project needs to be concluded and all funds accounted for in the same calendar year;
  • It is not possible under German law to finance a project which is co-sponsored by any other organization that receives contributions from the Federal Budget (e.g. European Union, United Nations).


Project proposals should be submitted to the Embassy latest by 30th April 2024 in order to be considered for possible funding. Applications submitted later may be considered in case not all funds have been utilized or due to other proposals not meeting the above-stated criteria (Please note: a submitted proposal does not guarantee funding).

In the 2nd quarter of 2024, an Embassy committee will assess the submitted proposals respectively ask for supporting documentation if required. During the selection process sites of eligible projects will be inspected by Embassy staff or an authorized representative and successful applicants will be informed individually. A project agreement will be concluded with the implementing entity which is required to submit a final report, a breakdown of expenses and original invoices immediately after conclusion of the Project.

Application forms are available at the Development Cooperation section of the German Embassy (see link below) or on request.

We kindly ask you to refrain from inquiries on the current status of the application. After internal consultation successful applicants will be contacted by the Embassy and receive further information.

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