GEF Small Grants Programme


UNDP Georgia environment
School 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, the SGP contributes to poverty reduction, livelihood improvement, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Cooperation with the non-governmental and community based organizations is the key for the success of the programme. The initiatives are also carefully tailored to the 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 GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) in Georgia allocates USD 750,000.00 to support community-driven initiatives approved by the National Steering Committee (NSC) within a country programme strategy.

All funded initiatives  are co-financed from the other sources, including in-kind contribution from the grantees as well as cash assistance from a variety of other sources.

Expected results

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) in Georgia expects to initiate a 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 should contribute 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
Start date:
January 2011
End date:
December 2014
Geographical coverage:
Millenium Development Goal
Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Project Document
  • GEF SGP Country Strategy - Georgia English
  • GEF SGP National Steering Committee Terms of Reference English | Georgian
Project Website
Small Grants Programme
Contact Information

Ana Shubitidze

Project Manager

15 Paliashvili Street

Tbilisi 0179 Georgia

Contact Person in UNDP

Nino Antadze

Environment and Energy Team Leader