Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund aims to help developing countries and economies in transition contribute to the overall objective of the Rio Conventions including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to mitigate climate change, while enabling sustainable economic development. The GEF is intended to cover the incremental costs of a measure to address environmental issues such as climate change, relative to a business as usual base line. Additionally, the GEF has multiple, focused initiatives:

  • Support for Programming Through National Dialogues, which provides resources so that countries can carry out multi stakeholder exercises that help prioritize actions that can be financed with GEF funding
  • Non-Grant Support Program, which supports non-grant financial instruments to combat global environmental degradation
  • Small-Grants Program, which promotes community-based innovation, capacity development, and empowerment of local communities and civil society organizations
Support provider 
Global Environment Facility
Purpose of support 
Project and program implementation
Information on how to...

Understand the steps to access
Access preparatory support for national dialogues and reports
Partner with a GEF Agency
Develop strong concept notes and project proposals
Submit a Funding proposal
Involve the private sector
Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Cities, Disaster risk reduction, Education, Energy efficiency, Forestry and Land-Use, Gender, Health, Industry and Infrastructure, Jobs, Nature-based Solutions and Ecosystem Services, Oceans and Coasts, Poverty, Renewable Energy, Rural Development, Transport, Waste Management, Water
Type of support provider 
Type of recipient 
Public entity at the national level, International organization, Non-profit or civil society organization, Private sector
Fund size 

Since its inception, it has provided more than USD 21 billion in grants

Co-financing required 
Application timeframe 

On a rolling basis.

Trustee or administrator 
World Bank
Contact information
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