Donor: Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Application procedure: Concept Note, Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: 20.000$
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 50.000$
Funding ratio: Co-funding preferred


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Water & Sanitation

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu


1) Objective

Established in 1992, the GEF Small Grants Program (SGP) embodies the very essence of sustainable development by providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods. The Program demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.

Their focus areas of work include: (1) biodiversity; (2) climate change (incl. mitigation and adaptation); (3) land degradation; (4) sustainable forest management; (5) international waters; and (6) chemicals. Small grant projects are given to non-governmental organizations in developing countries for community-based projects to demonstrate and achieve more sustainable livelihoods while achieving global environmental benefits.

2) Eligibility

Community-based organisations (CBOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are eligible.

3) Location

GEF has offered its facilities to the following regions: Africa, North Africa & Middle East, Asia/Pacific, Europe and the CIS, Latin America and the Caribbean.

4) Budget

SGP funds “small grants” up to a maximum of $50,000, although in practice the average grant amount is in the $20,000 to $25,000 range. Usually they ask for 50% co-funding.

5) Application

All project proposals submitted to SGP country teams (respective details can be found on the website) need to demonstrate: (1) how the proposed project proposal meets the GEF SGP criteria, (2) how they respond or are aligned to the targets and objectives of the SGP Country Programme Strategy and (3) be proposed by national CBOs and NGOs. Applications can be sent anytime.

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