The Small Grants programme (SGP) is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a corporate programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the GEF partnership, and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
To date the program funding from the GEF is approximately US$401 million. In addition, the program has raised US$407 million from other partners in cash or in-kind equivalents.
For almost two decades, the Small Grants Programme has been working with communities around the world to combat the most critical environmental problems and has successfully demonstrated that supporting communities in their efforts to achieve more sustainable livelihoods is not only possible, but extremely important in bringing change and achieving global environmental benefits.
With presence in 122 countries and more than 12,000 grants awarded worldwide, SGP supports projects of non-governmental and community-based organizations in developing countries demonstrating that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.
The main focal areas of the programme are climate change abatement and adaptation, conservation of biodiversity, protection of international waters, reduction of the impact of persistent organic pollutants and prevention of land degradation.
Several different kinds of activities are eligible for funding by SGP:
Community-based assessment and planning (planning grants): Small amounts of grant funds (typically no more than US$2,000) are available to support pre-project participatory assessment and planning activities designed to strengthen community participation in project identification and development.
Pilot demonstration activities: Most funded projects are activities that test and demonstrate the viability of innovative community-level approaches to global environmental problems.
Although most demonstration projects include capacity development components, grants may be awarded for targeted technical assistance and training activities which focus on developing CBO and NGO capacities in the GEF focal areas.
Monitoring and analysis: Grants funds may also be made available to intermediary NGOs and research centers (including universities) to support programme monitoring; to help identify, assess, and document best practices; and to prepare case studies of SGP-supported projects. The use of participatory methods in monitoring and analysis activities is encouraged.
Dissemination, networking, and policy dialogue: In order to leverage SGP project experience, grant funds are available to support dissemination of innovations and best practices, relevant networking activities, and policy dialogue efforts aimed at promoting a supportive policy environment for community-level action in the GEF focal areas.
Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.
For more scholarship information and application, see; GEF Small Grants