GEF / Small Grants Programme

What is the project about?


The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) provides grants directly to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to design and implement projects that will bring environmental and livelihood benefits to communities. Priority is given to poor and vulnerable communities in the GEF focal areas of:

· Biodiversity Conservation

· Climate Change Mitigation

· Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and Prevention of Land Degradation

· Reduction and/or Elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (Chemicals)

· Protection of International Waters

SGP also seeks to generate sustainable livelihoods, reduce poverty, and create community empowerment particularly with youth, women and indigenous groups.

The SGP is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

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What have we accomplished so far?

 Photo: Arapaima population assessment being conducted in North Rupununi.


The main accomplishments of SGP to date are:

  • Development and approval of operational phase 6 (OP6) Country Programme Strategy. The CPS adapts the SGP global strategic framework to specific country conditions, taking into account existing national environmental strategies and plans, as well as those relating to national development and poverty eradication. The CPS can be modified during its implementation to owing to changes in national priorities and strategies.
  • Approval of fifteen (15) grants and implementation of these projects. The grantees comprise a women’s group, a youth group, Indigenous communities and organization and a farmer’s group. The projects are being implemented across six of the ten administrative regions in Guyana, benefiting both coastal and hinterland communities.
  • Establishment of the National Steering Committee (NSC). SGP operates in a decentralized manner and the NSC is the decision-making body in terms of programme implementation and approval of projects at the country level. Members of the NSC serve voluntarily and comprise representatives from government and civil society stakeholders, with civil society having the majority membership on the NSC

Who finances it?

Grant allocations are from GEF Core Resources. Under OP5 (2011-2014) and the current OP6 (2015 – 2018) the sums of US$750,000 and USD400,000 were provided to Guyana. In addition, US$170,000 was allocated to Guyana under the SIDS Community Based Adaptation (CBA) component of SGP which is funded by AusAID.

No. of Projects
Total Grant Amount USD 568,452
Total Cash Co-financing USD 73,731

Total In-kind Contribution

USD 471,607

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