Organizations Can Apply for Grants for Plastic Pollution Solutions

May 6, 2022

Non-profit Organizations are invited to apply for grants to plastic pollution projects.

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 projects addressing plastic pollution through recycling.

An amount of $53,242 (E837 112) is available for innovative solutions to addressing the plastic problem in our cities and communities. Proposals should not exceed $20,000 (E320 431) and must include a capacity building component. The grant is aimed at strengthening ongoing activities therefore communities are expected to demonstrate co-financing.

Please note that capacity building should cover the development of training manuals and implementing training for the following:

a)    governance, accounting, and financial management practices and providing guidance in technical and financial reporting

b)    project monitoring and evaluation (include targets and indicators tailored to the beneficiaries’ individual projects)

c)    Advising on and strengthening grantees’ ability to comply with SGP and UNDP policies and procedures; educating grantees on important compliance issues related to grant funds, management, and reporting

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.

An organization that is unable to fulfil 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. This intermediary organization shall be the project holder, assume fiscal responsibility for fund usage and ensure the attainment of project objectives.

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 in the Plastics Technical Guidance Note.

Download the Proposal Template.

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