Jul 5, 2023

Deadline submission project proposal: 18 August 2023 at 10:00am CEST

On 28 April 2023, the Government of Flanders decided to launch the third project call international climate finance through the G-STIC Climate Action Programme. The Government of Flanders provides €17.6 million in subsidies for demonstration, dissemination and capacity building projects that are carried out in developing countries and in which a Flemish organization takes the lead.

If you didn’t register your project proposal by 30 June 2023 at 1:00pm CEST, it is no longer possible to submit a project this year.

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Registered project proposals must be submitted by 18 August 2023 at 10:00am CEST. Download timeline >

Download the rulebook of the project call.

A complete project proposal includes:

Download the manual with the guidelines on how to properly complete the project template (only available in Dutch).

Project objectives

To be eligible for international climate finance through the G-STIC Climate Action Programme, projects must directly and explicitly aim at supporting adaptation and/or mitigation actions in developing countries.

Submitted projects must achieve a score of 2 for Climate Change Markers adaptation and/or mitigation as defined by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (the so-called Rio Markers).


Projects that aim at reducing the vulnerability of human or natural systems to both existing and expected climate change impacts by preserving or strengthening resilience through increased ability to adapt to shocks and variability, better absorption of the stresses caused by climate change and/or limiting exposure to it.


Projects that contribute to stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, to a level that avoids dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system by promoting efforts to either reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions or enhance greenhouse gas storage.

Focusing on 7 sectors with a high impact on climate change

Projects must focus on areas where climate-related solutions can be expected to have maximal impact, preferably in one or more of the following sectors:





Education & Research




Environmental Policy




Water & Sanitation


Project types


Dissemination projects focus on the dissemination and/or roll out of research and/or policy results. Capacity building projects focus on strengthening knowledge, skills and/or resources.

Projects can also combine these dissemination and capacity building aspects. The maximum subsidy awarded to any individual project is €500,000 (not exceeding 85% of the total project cost).


Demonstration projects focus on the demonstration and/or upscaling of market-ready innovative solutions. The maximum subsidy awarded to any individual project is €2,500,000 (not exceeding 60%, 50% or 40% of the total project cost, depending on the size of the organization).

The table below explains who can submit a project and who can participate as a partner.

Potential applicants with verifiable activity and presence in the Flemish region Potential partners in Flanders, Belgium, developing countries and other countries
Dissemination and capacity building project Study and advisory firms, NGOs, non-profit organizations, knowledge institutions, universities, and colleges Organizations [companies, study and advisory firms, NGOs, non-profit organizations, knowledge institutions, universities, and colleges]
Demonstration project Organizations which are part of a consortium consisting of either of the following

  • at least two organizations, one of which must be an SME company, where none of the partners bear more than 70% of the eligible costs,


  • a company and one or more research institutes, which shall bear at least 10% of the eligible costs and are entitled to publish their own research results.

Evaluation project proposals

All project proposals will be evaluated by an independent jury under the coordination of the Department of Environment & Spatial Development in September/October 2023.

Have you submitted an eligible demonstration project? Then you will be invited in the week of 25 September 2023 to present your project orally to an independent jury.

The Government of Flanders will decide on the allocation of the subsidies. The approved projects will be announced by end December 2023 and need to start before March 2024.

Get in touch with the G-STIC team

Do you have questions about the call and/or your project idea? Contact Dietrich Van der Weken (General Manager), Frans Snijkers (Programme Director) or Ilke Geleyn (Programme Manager). During the entire period, guidance is provided from the G-STIC team for potential applicants.

Results from the project call 2022

In 2022 the Government of Flanders allocated €12.58 million in subsidies to 6 demonstration projects and €3.1 million in subsidies to 13 dissemination and capacity building projects. The total of €15.7 million will be used for climate projects in developing countries, submitted and co-implemented by Flemish organizations.

Results from the project call 2021

In 2021 €3.21 million in subsidies were allocated to 2 demonstration projects and to 11 dissemination and capacity building projects.

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