The Global Environment Facility (GEF) 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 is announcing two calls for concepts from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to apply for grant funding opportunities. 


The GEF Small Grants Programm Operational Phase 6 Round 4 and Operational Phase
7, Round 3

Focal Areas:
The SGP aims to deliver global environmental benefits through community-based approaches in the following multifocal “strategic initiatives”: 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.

Furthermore, the 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.

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: 30th July 2022, Saturday 00:00 Hrs

Call Two: Territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs)
in Maldives


The Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) is funded by the Government of Germany, through its Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and delivered by the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP). 


Phase 2 of the Global ICCA Support Initiative (GSI) has been extended to provide support to territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs), with a focus on forty-five (45) countries participating in the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The ICCA GSI is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

In alignment with the SGP Country Programme Strategy (CPS) in Maldives for the SGP 7th Operational Phase (OP7) running from 2020-2024, applications from qualified organisations are invited to respond to the call. National and local civil society organisations (including community-based organisations, NGOs, and Indigenous Peoples organisations) are encouraged to apply based on the list of eligible criteria presented below.


Civil society organizations (CSOs) wishing to apply to the ICCA initiative will be expected to submit an application in line with the prevailing socio-economic, cultural and political reality of the country. Individual ICCA projects will be expected to last for a duration up to 12 months and to have a maximum budget of US$35,000. All proposals will be reviewed and approved by the SGP National Steering Committee (NSC). The organisation will compile a plan of action to contribute to the recognition and support to ICCAs in the Maldives. As part of the submission, the applicant must include the following elements:

a. A work plan and justified budget about when and how it will take action to fulfil an appropriate combination of activities, indicating but not limited to: (i) overall context on the specific ICCA, or group of ICCAs; (ii) information on previous grants and partnerships to strengthen the ICCAs; (iii) proposed activities to be undertaken.

b. The list of expected activities and timing of delivery for a period of up to 12 months, starting 2022 through to mid-2023, should be in line with and respond to the SGP OP7 Country Programme Strategy in Maldives. The applicant will be expected to work closely with the SGP National Coordinator (NC) in Maldives, as well as other partners such as the national ICCA network and/or global ICCA Consortium.

c. Details on the specific experience and capacities of the applicant civil society organisation, including with respect to (i) community based conservation; (ii) facilitation of networks and joint learning; (iii) monitoring and evaluation of conservation and/or governance initiatives; and (iv) capacity to work with spatial and monitoring data.


• Demonstrated commitment to protect and defend territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs);
• Knowledge and awareness of biodiversity conservation efforts at the national level;
• Experience in organizing and hosting consultations and capacity development activities with indigenous peoples and local communities;
• Capacity to produce high quality written reports according to deadlines;
• Familiarity with key issues related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), especially as they relate to indigenous peoples and local communities, considered an advantage

Note: Video concept will also be accepted. Please ensure to address all the sections of the concept paper in the video.

Deadline: 30th July 2022, Saturday 00:00 Hrs

For more information on both calls and submission of concepts please refer to the details below:

GEF SGP Hotline: (+960) 7678767

Fathimath Saeedha

National Coordinator

GEF Small Grants Programme

United Nations Development Programme

Malé, Maldives

Tel: +960 334-3217

Fax: +960 332-4504


Hussain Jauson  Lomo

Programme Assistant  – Small Grants Programme

United Nations Development Programme

Malé, Maldives

Tel: +960 334-3205 / +9607463524

Fax: +960 332-4504