Global Environment Facility (GEF) - Small Grants Program
The Small Grants Program (SGP) is a corporate program of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) since 1992. GEF SGP grantmaking in over 131 countries promotes community-based innovation, capacity development, and empowerment of local communities and civil society organizations (CSOs) with special consideration for indigenous peoples, women, and youth.
The GEF SGP provides grants of up to USD 50,000 directly to CSOs and community-based organizations (CBOs) to undertake local projects that contribute to the global environment while generating sustainable livelihoods.
Since the programme’s inception, the SGP has provided more than USD 541.7 million in grants, complemented by more than USD 686 million in cash and in-kind co-financing.
Approved proposals enter the national SGP work programme. SGP grants are usually paid in three installments: an up-front payment to initiate the project; a mid-term payment upon receipt of a satisfactory progress report; and a final payment on receipt of a satisfactory project completion and final report. For a detailed process to secure funding, please click here.
Historically, USD 143 million in GEF funding has been allocated community-based CCM projects. For GEF-7, USD 128 million have been approved for the global GEF SGP, of which around 20% are expected to be climate change projects.
There is no specific timeframe.