GEF Small Grants Programme


UNDP Georgia environmentSchool kids in Chiatura are planting trees on the land restored from the years of manganese exploration. April 2014. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) is a successful mechanism for generating global environmental and sustainable development benefits through community based actions.

The programme is focused on the major environmental issues, such as: biodiversity conservation, climate change, international waters, land degradation, chemicals and wastes. Along with the environmental benefits, SGP contributes to poverty reduction, livelihood improvement, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Cooperation with non-governmental and community based organizations is the key for the success of this programme. The initiatives are also carefully tailored to specific needs of the country, and the strategy is designed jointly by various stakeholders, including donors, government, civil society and academia.

What We Do

The new phase of GEF Small Grants Programme allocates USD 400,000.00 to support initiatives with geographic scope of the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains, Black Sea coast and semi-arid areas of the country. Strategic initiatives may cover following directions: community landscape and seascape conservation, climate smart innovative agro-ecology; low carbon energy access co-benefits; local to global chemical management coalitions.

Furthermore, priority will be given to initiatives that support creation of “CSO-Government Policy and Planning Dialogue Platforms”, contribution to global knowledge management, involvement of youth and disabled, gender mainstreaming.

More information is available on the GEF Small Grants Programme Georgia website.  

Some results so far

 Kindergartens in western Georgia use solar energy for water heating. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Kicked out in 2012, grants programme awarded 33 non-governmental organizations with overall funding of USD 750,000 to conduct series of activities across the country in the following priority areas:

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Climate change
  • International waters
  • Land degradation
  • Chemicals

Along with the environmental benefits, funded projects contributed to poverty reduction and livelihood improvement, strengthening and capacity development of locals, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Who finances it

Global Environment Fund (GEF) US$ 750,000

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