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 125 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.

Support provider 
Global Environment Facility
Purpose of support 
Project and program implementation
Information on how to...

Understand steps to access
Submit a Funding proposal
Access support for capacity building
Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Cities, Disaster risk reduction, Education, Forestry and Land-Use, Gender, Health, Industry and Infrastructure, Jobs, Nature-based Solutions and Ecosystem Services, Rural Development, Youth
Type of support provider 
Type of recipient 
Non-profit or civil society organization, Community-level organization
Fund size 

The SGP has provided over $612 million to 22,592 projects, leveraging more than $919 million in co-financing, in cash and in kind, since its inception in 1992.

Co-financing required 
Application timeframe 

There is no specific timeframe.

Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information
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