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 (and on average USD 25,000) 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.

This Program is related to the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Support provider 
Global Environment Facility
Purpose of support 
Project and program implementation
Steps to access  

For a detailed process to secure funding, please click here

Initial Correspondence
Project Concept Review
Project Proposal
Project Approval
Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Ecosystem adaptation, Education, Industry and Infrastructure, Rural, Urban, Disaster risk reduction, Health, Gender, Jobs and Livelihoods
Type of support provider 
Type of recipient 
Non-profit or civil society organization, Community-level organization
Fund size 

Historically, more than 4,800 projects (approximately 23 per cent) have been community-based CCM projects, totaling over USD 143 million in GEF funding and leveraging over USD 181 million in co-financing. 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. In addition, Upgraded Countries can access STAR funding to finance their Country Small Grants Programmes.

Co-financing required 
Application timeframe 

There is no specific timeframe.

Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information
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