GEF Small Grants Programme

Donor: 
United Nations
Geographical focus: 
Global
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Sustainability of natural resources in Tourism
Intro text: 
The Fund was established in 1992 after the Rio Earth Summit. It provides financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods. The Fund demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives. The Programme is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

Official website

http://sgp.undp.org/

Who can apply?

Small Grants Programme (SGP) grants are made directly to community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in recognition of the key role they play as a resource and constituency for environment and development concerns. All project proposals submitted to SGP country teams need to demonstrate:

-        How the proposed project proposal meets the GEF SGP criteria by articulating how project objectives and activities would have an impact in the SGP areas of work- GEF focal areas;

-        How they respond or are aligned to the targets and objectives of the SGP Country Programme Strategy (CPS) of their country.

Objectives and activities

Objective and main activities: Financing of projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods. Conscious of the effects of the environmental degradation, such as the destruction of ecosystems and the species that depend upon them.

Type and level of funding

The programme provides grants up to USD 50,000 to local communities including indigenous people, community-based organizations and other non-governmental groups for projects in Biodiversity, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Land Degradation and Sustainable Forest Management, International Waters and Chemicals.