Community-based Environmental Solutions Grants Up for Grabs

April 16, 2022

Projects that will be prioritized under the SGP include community-based conservation of threatened ecosystems and species; land and water.

UNDP is calling on Non-profit Organizations (NPOs) to apply for funding under the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) for the implementation of community-based environmental projects.  This is the first round of applications under the SGP in Eswatini where at least 10 organizations will share an amount of up to E3.7 million ($250 000), with each project qualifying for up to E220 000 ($15 000). The grant is aimed at strengthening ongoing activities therefore communities are expected to demonstrate co-financing.

According to the SGP National Coordinator, Lindiwe Dlamini, only registered NPOs including non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations and non-governmental research institutions that are working with communities are eligible to apply.

“Eligible organizations should also have a track record of not less than two years demonstrating their capacity to implement similar projects and show a presence in the area in which the project will be implemented,” said Dlamini.

Other attributes for eligible organizations include having well-skilled expertise of management and staff in effective project planning and implementation supported by a Board and established financial systems.

“An organization that is unable to fulfill the eligibility requirements may qualify for assistance provided by an intermediary organization, which is eligible as a proponent, and is willing to act as the main proponent of the project,” said Dlamini, adding: “This intermediary organization shall be the project holder, assume fiscal responsibility for fund usage and ensure the attainment of project objectives.”

The SGP has also made a call for applications from partners who are already working with communities to address environmental challenges.

“We have already received a positive response from Government agencies and international NGOs who are working with communities, who are interested in partnering with the SGP to improve livelihoods. Partners are therefore encouraged to support communities in developing concepts as, co-financing as well as the commitment to providing technical and monitoring support to the projects during implementation,” said Dlamini.

Projects that will be prioritized under the SGP include:

·       Community-based conservation of threatened ecosystems and species; land and water.

·       Sustainable agriculture and fisheries, leading to food security.

·       Low-carbon energy access co-benefits.

More information can be found here:

Download the application form here.

Deadline for application: 31 May 2022

Completed applications should be submitted to:

For more information, please contact Lindiwe Dlamini at or call 2409 6600/1