Call for Project Concept Notes from NGOs/CBOs The GEF Small Grants Programme

05 Aug 2019


The Small Grants Programme (SGP) is a corporate programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1992. SGP grant making in over 125 countries promotes community-based innovation, capacity development, and empowerment through sustainable development projects of local civil society organizations with special consideration for indigenous peoples, women, and youth. SGP has supported over 20,000 community-based projects in biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, prevention of land degradation, protection of international waters, and reduction of the impact of chemicals, while generating sustainable livelihoods.


Focal Areas:

The SGP aims to deliver global environmental benefits through community-based approaches in the following multifocal “strategic initiatives”: focal areas 1. Biodiversity  2. Climate Change  3. Land Degradation 4. International Waters   5. Persistent Organic Pollutants.


Along with the 5 focal areas mentioned above the following multifocal “strategic initiatives” should be kept in mind while formulating concept notes.


1. Community landscape/seascape conservation 2. Climate smart innovative agro-ecology 3. Low carbon energy access co-benefits 4. Local to global chemical management coalitions 5. CSO-government policy and planning dialogue platforms 6. Promoting social inclusion: i. Gender mainstreaming ii. Youth involvement iii. Indigenous Peoples fellowships.


The SGP will support small scale projects relating to the 5 thematic areas, for activities that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's wellbeing and livelihoods, taking into consideration gender, vulnerability and equality concerns.


Who can apply?

Civil society organizations (CSOs) with priority for national and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs) and scientific communities.


How much?

The maximum grant amount obtainable per project is US$ 30,000

 However, in exceptional cases US$ 50,000 may be considered


Project duration

Maximum duration is 24 months.


Deadline: 8th  September 2019, Sunday  5.00 pm


Selection of grantees will follow a two stage process: proponents whose concept notes are shortlisted will be first invited to submit full proposals. The full proposals will then be evaluated to select successful grantees.



For more information and submission of concept notes please refer to the details below;


GEF SGP Hotline: (+960) 7678767


Fathimath Saeedha

National Coordinator

GEF Small Grants Programme

United Nations Development Programme

Malé, Maldives

Tel: +960 334-3217

Fax: +960 332-4504



Hussain Jauson  Lomo

Programme Assistant  – Small Grants Programme

United Nations Development Programme

Malé, Maldives

Tel: +960 334-3205 / +9607463524

Fax: +960 332-4504




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