Community groups get ready to vie for up to USD 50 000 environmental grants

September 17, 2020

GEF SGP's latest call for concepts is now open until Oct 2

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Kingston 16 September 2020Small grants of up to 50 000 USD (7.2 Million JMD) are to be awarded within weeks to Community-Based Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations under the latest call for environmental concepts issued by the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The call was issued on 8th September, followed the next day by a public webinar for interested organizations and environmentalists on Zoom and Facebook.  The webinar, which formed part of the ‘Help Series’ organized by the UNDP Multi Country Office in Jamaica on topics of interest to the public, shared tips and resources on how to design winning grant proposals.

Prospective applicants have a little over three weeks to prepare their concepts which will be reviewed and shortlisted by the GEF SGP Secretariat.  Successful concepts will advance to the next stage which is the development of comprehensive proposals.

National Coordinator GEF Small Grants Programme (Jamaica), Hyacinth Douglas welcomed the ‘Help Series’ Webinar as an opportunity for participants to gain a thorough understanding of the key requirements for developing strong concepts.

While noting that grant proposal writing takes much expertise and guidance, she assured prospective applicants that UNDP/GEF SGP is available to support participants in moving from the concept to proposal stage through intensive one on one consultations.   “…. Keep your concepts and proposals very simple in your own language, even if you want to put it in “patios”, we can translate it,” she advised.

Chair, GEF Small Grants Programme National Steering Committee, Leonie Barnaby advised participants about the importance of being realistic in defining their project outcomes. “Make sure that your outputs and outcomes can be achieved within the project period,” she advised. She also urged attendees to assess the risks of their project thoroughly in order to prepare their team for any challenges they might face during the period of implementation.

Faradaine Forbes-Edwards, Projects Manager of Environmental Health Foundation lauded UNDP/GEF SGP for bringing life to their concepts and helping them to develop these concepts into robust proposals that led to their success in winning grant awards.

Citing a project implemented in Majesty Gardens, Mrs. Edwards said, “when the National Coordinator was through with us, the proposal was just remarkable. Based on how she assisted us in taking it from concept to proposal, we were able to implement a very, very successful project that is being talked about to this very day,” she added.

The 2020 Call for Concepts invites prospective applicants to submit project concepts in the areas of reduction of land degradation, sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, and chemicals (including persistent organic pollutants) and waste management. The deadline for submissions is 2nd October 2020.


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