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.

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

1
Initial Correspondence
2
Project Concept Review
3
Project Proposal
4
Project Approval
5
Implementation
Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Ecosystem adaptation, Education, Forestry and Land-Use, Industry and Infrastructure, Rural, Urban, Disaster risk reduction, Health, Gender, Jobs and Livelihoods
Type of support provider 
Multilateral
Type of recipient 
Non-profit or civil society organization, Community-level organization
Fund size 

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.

Co-financing required 
No
Application timeframe 

There is no specific timeframe.

Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information 
https://sgp.undp.org
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