Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

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The Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM) is a global initiative that supports the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in the international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and promote sustainable forest management and forest carbon stocks (REDD+). 

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) established the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM) in 2010 to enhance the role of IPLCs in protecting the forests they depend on. Financed by CIF's Forest Investment Program (FIP), and implemented by the World Bank, DGM is investing $80 million globally to support community-led, context-specific programs that draw on local expertise to advance sustainable forest stewardship and elevate IPLC voices in local, national, and global climate action. Together, these initiatives help reduce deforestation-related greenhouse gas emissions, curb forest degradation, support sustainable forest management, and promote forest carbon stocks.

The DGM Design was developed by a working group of IPLCs, facilitated by the Climate Investment Funds. The program is implemented in 12 FIP Pilot Countries through Country Grants Projects, under an overarching umbrella of a Global Component, which serves as the learning and knowledge-exchange platform for the DGM. The World Bank as implementing entity, has the responsibility to operationalize the Global Component as well as the Country Grants Projects in FIP pilot countries. To achieve this objective, the DGM has two components:

  • a Country Component in each of the twelve FIP pilot countries (Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, and the Republic of Congo).
  • a Global Component for exchange of knowledge, capacity building, and strengthening networks and partnerships among IPLC organizations in the pilot countries and beyond.

The Country component will support 2 sub-components:

  • Sub-component I: supports grants to organizations of IPLCS on a competitive basis for investments of IPLCs choice and within the overall framework of the DGM;
  • Sub-component II: supports Capacity Building activities for IPLC organizations.

The governance framework of the DGM includes National Steering Committees (NSC) in each country project and the Global Steering Committee (GSC), which are the main decision-making bodies. The steering committees are comprised primarily of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities as decision-making members. This is a defining feature of the DGM, where IPLCs have a key decision-making role in the program with active support from governments and MDB members.

The Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM) Global Learning Fellowship aims to cultivate long-term strengthening of Indigenous peoples and local community (IPLC) leadership within the DGM network by providing virtual in-depth global learning experiences for DGM subproject implementers as a way of building capacity in DGM-specific topics, amplifying IPLC voices, and enhancing the visibility of their efforts and expertise. The objective of the fellowship is to strengthen local to global storytelling, shared learning, and knowledge exchange across the DGM network so that IPLCs can learn from and potentially adapt one another’s best practices in DGM project implementation to a local context.

Financing Instrument: Subgrants, Capacity-building

Project scale: In 2021, the average budget per subproject was US$18.1K Each of the 12 country projects has a budget of US$ 4.5 to 6.5 million. 

Recipient countries regions/country groups: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, and the Republic of Congo.

Recipient categories: NGOs/NPOs

Eligibility Criteria: All proposals for the Country Grants within the DGM should be located in one or more FIP pilot countries (Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, and the Republic of Congo). Not-for-profit organizations of Indigenous Peoples or Local Communities that wish to apply for the DGM sub-grants should be non-state actors, based in a FIP pilot country listed above.

Last updated: 21 September 2023

Publication Date
Tuesday, 09 March 2021
Applicable location
Brazil
Burkina Faso
Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of Congo (the)
Ghana
Guatemala
Indonesia
Mexico
Mozambique
Nepal
Peru
Congo (the)
Topic/Theme
Rural development
Community forestry
Climate change
Private sector and industry
Database
Financing opportunities