The GEF Small Grants Programme

Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)2 offers financial support to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) for the implementation activities that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods.


This support extends to activities in five fundamental focal areas of the GEF- biodiversity conservation, abatement of climate change, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation and elimination of persistent organic pollutants.

The principle objectives of the Small Grants Programme are to:

  • Develop community-level strategies and implement technologies that could reduce threats to the global environment if they are replicated over time;
  • Gather lessons from community-level experience and initiate the sharing of successful community-level strategies and innovations among CBOs and NGOs, host governments, development aid agencies, GEF and others working on a regional or global scale;
  • Build partnerships and networks of stakeholders to support and strengthen community, NGO and national capacities to address global environmental problems and promote sustainable development; and
  • Ensure that conservation and sustainable development strategies and projects that protect the global environment are understood and practised by communities and other key stakeholders.


Funding under the SGP

  • Grants are made directly to governmental organizations (NGOs) and community based organizations (CBOs) in countries that have ratified the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and Unite Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change , and which satisfy various eligibility criteria prescribed by the GEF; and
  • Guyana has been accepted to participate in the SGP. Under the programme, our core allocation amounts to US$ 750,000.


2. Hyperlinked to Small-Grants website: