zivik Funding procedure – Before submitting an application

Before submitting an application, please check whether your project idea is compatible with the funding criteria. See in particular: The Federal Foreign Office's Funding Concept.

If you need advice, please feel free to consult the zivik team.

Funding conditions

  • Projects can only be funded, if they start and end within the same calendar year (January–December)
  • Projects commencing in January or February should have their applications submitted before 1st of November of the previous year. Applications for projects being implemented between March and December should be handed in approx. two months before the project starts
  • A maximum of two follow-up applications may be submitted for a particular project
  • Funding will not be granted for projects that have already started or have been completed
  • In addition to the information given with the Funding Concept first time applicants are welcome to hand in proposals not exceeding 70,000 Euros

Projects should

  • Contribute to the strengthening of local peacebuilding efforts, while taking gender-specific factors into consideration
  • Stimulate the promotion of a society-wide consensus on possible solutions to violent conflicts
  • Provide concrete, visible contributions to the transformation of conflicts
  • Make key contributions to establishing a non-violent, constructive culture of conflict
  • Inspire people to become involved in developing initiatives for peace
  • Serve the long-term goal of peace consolidation

Examples of project themes

  • Training and further education of people specializing in civil conflict resolution
  • Establishment of regional and trans-regional peace networks
  • Community-oriented peacebuilding strategies
  • Reintegration of ex-combatants into civilian life
  • Promotion of traditional forms of conflict mediation
  • Further education for specialists providing psychological support to victims and perpetrators of violence
  • Creation of forums for dialogue among conflicting parties (such as round tables, workshops and panel discussions)
  • Reconciliation efforts among conflicting groups

Regional priorities

  • Africa: Great Lakes Region
  • Middle East: Israel, Lebanon
  • Asia: Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the Philippines
  • Latin America: Columbia, Guatemala and Mexico
  • Caucasus


Haukari; © Photo: Haukari
© Photo: Haukari


© Photo: PDRC

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