zivik – civilian conflict resolution

Supporters of moderate Islamist party Ennahda celebrate the partial election results in front of the party's headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia, 25 October 2011; photo: Epa / Zacarias Garcia / picture aliance/ dpa

Elections in Tunis, October 2011; photo: Epa / Zacarias Garcia / picture aliance/ dpa

About the programme

The zivik Funding programme supports NGOs with the planning and implementation of projects in crisis and conflict regions worldwide. In addition to that, the programme provides advice and networking opportunities for civil society actors, and supports them in the project evaluation. All information about the application process and requirements can be found here.

Whom is the programme designed for?

The programme is designed for NGOs from Germany and other countries with their projects to strengthen local capacities for crisis prevention, conflict transformation and stabilisation, for transformation processes, or for democratisation processes.

What does the funding include?

Consultation and financial support for projects

  •  Consultative assistance with regard to the conceptual design and the application.
  • Application review and funding decision-making.
  • Processing of funding disbursement requests and monitoring of project finances.
  • Consultative assistance with regard to the implementation of the project and financial reporting.
  • Review of the final report on expenditure of funds and the formal closure of the project funding.

Networking and Best Practice

  • Exchange and networking among civil society actors and with experts in politics and sciences.
  • Processing and providing experiences, and best practice examples.
  • Providing support in evaluation and impact analysis.

What requirements must be met?

Exclusionary criteria for applications

  • The organisation cannot provide evidence of state registration.
  • Measures that have already been started or completed cannot be funded.

Application in 4 steps

Step 1: Check if all requirements are fulfilled

First, the organisation must ensure that all the requirements (see above) are met and that the necessary supporting documents are available.

Step 2: Consultation with the zivik team

The zivik team provides support and assistance by guiding the organisations through the application process. For this reason, it is necessary to contact the zivik team with a project outline as early as possible. The project outline should be no more than three pages and answer the following questions:

  • Which funding concept does the project fit? – Concrete reference to one of the German Federal Foreign Office’s three funding concepts (see above).
  • Where and in what timeframe should the project take place?
  • Which partners are expected to be involved in the project?
  • Who are the key actors of the project? (According to manual “Monitoring of effects (movie)”)
  • What activities are planned? (According to manual “Monitoring of effects (movie)”)?
  • What changes should be achieved through the project? (According to the manual “Monitoring of effects (movie)”)
  • What are the expected expenses and how will the project be financed? – Please provide a rough estimation of the expenditures as well as information on the available financial resources (own or third party).

Step 3: Submit application

At the end of the consultation process, the zivik team would request selected organisations to submit their application. The application consists of three documents: The Application form, The Project planning form, and the Financial plan. Templates are available in the download section (see below). The completed application is to be sent by email to: zivik(at)ifa.de.

Step 4: Legally binding application

After reviewing the applications, the zivik team will contact the organisations and request them to submit a hard copy of the application. This application, which is legally binding, must be signed, dated and affixed with a seal, or stamped, and must be sent with all supporting documents by post to:

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)
Förderprogramm zivik
Linienstr. 139/140
10115 Berlin

What happens after applying?

The submission of the funding application is followed by an acknowledgment of receipt, a request for additional information in most cases and finally, a letter of acceptance or rejection. Usually, the review and decision-making process lasts several weeks.

Can the same project be funded several times through zivik?

Successful projects can be funded for a period of up to three years.

Application deadlines

Once the consultation with the zivik team has been successfully completed (see above), the application must be submitted at the latest:

  • Three months before the start of the project, for projects beginning as of March.
  • Until 1 October, for projects beginning in January or February of the following year.


ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
zivik Funding Programme
Linienstr. 139/140
D-10115 Berlin
Tel. +49.30.284491.60
Fax +49.30.284491.70


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