Call for Proposals from NGOs/CBOs - The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)

Community Based Adaptation Programme- Phase 3

October 2, 2023


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 a call for concepts from cicil-society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to apply for grant funding opportunities. 


Community Based Adaptation Programme- Phase 3

In 2022, SGP entered into a third phase of partnership with the Government of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to fund the Community Based Adaptation Programme (CBA) in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Building on the global momentum towards locally led adaptation (LLA), the main goal of this new phase of CBA funding is to further enhance the capacities of local communities across priority landscapes/seascapes by building their social and ecological resilience to climate change.


CBA Phase 3 Goal: 

Climate resilience is built in the Asia and Pacific regions through inclusive community-based and locally-led adaptation. 


CBA Phase 3 Outcomes: 

The goal of the CBA programme will be supported by three programme-level outcomes: 

  1. Socio-economic and climate resilience is enhanced in select landscapes/seascapes through implementation of locally-driven CBA solutions. 
  2. Local communities and CSOs are capacitated for effective CBA and LLA implementation, knowledge sharing, and policy representation at national levels. 
  3. CBA solutions and innovations are replicated, scaled up and mainstreamed at the local and national levels. 
  4. CBA and LLA approaches integrate principles of ‘leaving no one behind’ with an emphasis of inclusion of women and girls, Indigenous Peoples, youth and persons with disabilities. 


CBA Thematic Areas:
  1. Water security and resource management 
  2. Oceans and coastal zone management
  3. Agriculture, fisheries and food security 
  4. Land degradation 
  5. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) 

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: 31st October 2023, Tuesday 00:00 Hrs

Selection of grantees will follow a two-stage process: proponents whose concept notes are shortlisted will be first invited to submit full proposals. The full proposals will then be evaluated to select successful grantees.

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

Call for Concepts from NGOs/CBOs in English and Dhivehi

Download the Concept Paper Template in Dhivehi

Download the Concept Paper Template in English


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