GEF Small Grants Programme


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 focuses on the major environmental issues, such as biodiversity conservation, climate change, international waters, land degradation, chemicals and wastes. Along with the environmental benefits, it contributes to poverty reduction, livelihood improvement, gender equality and women’s empowerment. The GEF Small Grants Programme is carefully tailored to the specific needs of each country and its strategy is designed jointly by various stakeholders, including donors, government, civil society and academia.

what we do

In Georgia, the GEF Small Grants Programme was launched in 2012. Its current phase (2019-2023) is allocating US$ 500,000 to the initiatives with a geographic scope of the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains, Black Sea coast and Georgia's semi-arid regions.

The programme is focused on the environmental and development areas, such as community-based conservation of threatened ecosystems and species, sustainable agriculture and fisheries leading to food security, low-carbon energy access co-benefits and catalyzing sustainable urban solutions. The programme also supports the initiatives that promote social inclusion, among them gender equality and women’s empowerment, helps establish CSO-government-private sector dialogue platforms and contribute to the global knowledge management.

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

results so far

Since 2012, the GEF Small Grants Programme has supported 97 local initiatives in Georgia with overall funding of up to USD 2,483,009. Along with the environmental benefits, all projects contributed to poverty reduction and livelihood improvement, capacity development of the local civil society organizations, gender equality and women’s empowerment. The priority areas included:

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

Contact information

Project address

2 K. Kldiashvili Street
Tbilisi 0179 Georgia

Contact persons

Ana Shubitidze
Project Manager

Gigla Ramishvili
Administrative/Finance Assistant

Nino Antadze
UNDP Environment & Energy Team Leader

Project details

Status Ongoing
Start date June 2019
End date June 2023
Focus area Environment & Energy
Implementing partners Ministry of Environmental Protection & Agriculture of Georgia. Non-governmental and community-based organizations
Donor Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Budget US$ 500,000