1st Call for Concept of OP7 GEF Small Grants Programme

Woman peeling fruit of small leafed orange mangrove (kandoo) or 'kandoo kehun' using a specialized knife - done to get rid of the bitter taste of kandoo before boiling. This is a project supported by GEF SGP which is working to revive kandoo as a staple food and ensure the island of Haa Alif Kelaa is food secure. Photo courtesy: IDEAS




The Small Grants Programme (SGP) is a corporate programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1992. 

The GEF SGP will support small scale projects relating to the 5 thematic areas, for activities that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's wellbeing and livelihoods, taking into consideration gender, vulnerability and equality concerns.

Focal Areas:

1. Biodiversity

2. Climate Change

3. Land Degradation

4. International Waters

5. Persistent Organic Pollutants

Along with the 5 focal areas mentioned above the following multifocal “strategic initiatives” should be kept in mind while formulating concept notes.

1.Community-Based Conservation of Threatened Ecosystems and Species – Terrestrial and International Waters

2. Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries, and Food Security

3. Climate Change - Low Carbon Energy Access Co-Benefits

4. Local to Global Coalitions for Chemicals and Waste Management

5. Catalyzing Sustainable Urban Solutions

Who Can Apply? 

Civil society organizations (CSOs) with priority for national and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs) and scientific communities, advocating for the rights of persons with disability, women, and children.

How Much?

The maximum grant amount obtainable per project is US$ 30,000

However, in exceptional cases US$ 50,000 may be considered

Project Duration

Maximum duration is 24 months.

DEADLINE: 22nd November 2020, Sunday 5.00 pm

For more information and submission of concept notes please refer to the details below;

GEF SGP Hotline: (+960) 7678767 or Email: fathimath.saeedha@undp.org / hussain.jauson@undp.org

More information below:

GEF SGP call for concept notes 2020 (Dhivehi)

GEF SGP call for concept notes 2020 (English)

GEF SGP project concept paper template (Dhivehi)

GEF SGP project concept paper template (English)

OP7 Guidance Notes

Country Strategy Paper OP7 2020