Small Grants Programme  
Small Grants Programme (SGP), funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), seeks to support initiatives, which demonstrate community-based innovative, gender sensitive approaches and lessons learned from other development projects in order to reduce threats to the local and global environment.

The GEF/SGP was launched in 1991 by United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) to assist developing countries in fulfilling their commitment towards the protection of the global environment. The Programme is sourced with a belief that global environmental problems can only be addressed adequately only if local people are involved in planning, decision making and sharing roles and responsibilties at all levels. Even with small amounts of funding, communities can undertake activities that will make a 'significant difference' to their lives and environment. UNDP GEF/SGP is currently offered in 76 countries worldwide. The programme was launched in India in 1997.

SGP is administered by the UNDP and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF), Government of India. It is being implemented by Centre for Environment Education (CEE) as the National Host Institution (NHI) since September 2000.
Small Grants Programme provides grants to organizations for activities that address local problems and offer local solutions to global problems in the GEF thematic areas of:
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Protection of International Waters
  • Prevention of Land Degradation
  • Phasing out Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
Financial support by SGP
SGP will normally consider grants up to Rs. 15 lakh for each project. In special cases, where co-financing and partnership commitments are more, higher budgets may be considered, if the project activities justify this. More emphasis is placed on leveraging local contributions in cash and in kind from communities.
Duration of a project
The duration of the projects can be between 24 to 30 months. This may however be flexible to meet the needs of the project ideas.
Who can apply
Non-governmental and community-based organisations that demonstrate track record, relevant experience and skills in the content area of the proposal/idea.
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