Tobago Innovation Challenge: Call for Project Concepts

April 14, 2023





























 Submit project concept here:

Register for Zoom Information Session on Wednesday April 26 2023 at 3:00 PM. 



We are looking for innovative projects under the theme of Tobago – Clean, Green, Safe and Serene.

If you are social entrepreneur, or you work on issues related to climate-smart agriculture, air, water or soil quality, energy efficiency, or similar issues, this is for you!




The Tobago Innovation Challenge will support strategic projects and initiatives related to projects focused on:

  1.   Community-based conservation of threatened ecosystems and species

  2.   Sustainable agriculture and fisheries, and food security

  3.   Low-carbon energy access co-benefits

  4.   Local to global coalitions for chemicals and waste management

  5.   Catalyzing sustainable urban solutions

  6.   Strengthening entrepreneurship around indigenous eco-friendly goods and services

  7.   Community-building and peace

Social inclusion is an important criterion, and as such projects should support gender equity and address vulnerability and equality concerns.



Tells us about your project, business, organization or idea, and how it helps to solve social and environmental challenges in new or innovative ways.

We’ll select some winners and provide them with the technical and financial support that they need to maximize their positive impacts and sustainability.

Selection will follow this process:

· Concept Notes will be shortlisted, and shortlisted candidates invited to submit full proposals.

· Shortlisted candidates will receive mentorship towards creating a full proposal.

· Full proposals will then be evaluated.

· Candidates will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts who will select the winners



Applications will be accepted from two groupings:

1. Civil society organizations (CSOs) with priority for Tobago-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), farmers, scientific community, women’s groups, and youth and children’s organizations.

2. Individuals and micro-small enterprises.




Grants are available at three levels:

1. Maximum of US $5,000 for planning new projects.

2. Maximum of US $10,000 for developing and testing a minimally viable product (MVP)/sample/prototype or pilot solution.

3. Maximum of US 20,000 for projects of environmental NGO/CSOs.

All applicants, including individuals and businesses, may apply for the enterprise grant.





Register for Zoom Information Session on Wednesday April 26, 2023, at 3:00 PM: 

Complete the Online Project Concept Form here:   

Alternatively, download the Offline Project Concept Form here.

Offline Project Concept Forms can be emailed to:


Or mailed to:  

      GEF SGP/Accelerator Lab Call  
      UN House, 3A Chancery Lane  
      Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  



For more information, please contact:



The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) and the UNDP Accelerator Lab are joining forces to offer grant funding for small scale projects, innovators and thought leaders whose work supports the environment.

The GEF SGP provides financial and technical support to local communities including indigenous people, community-based organizations and other non-governmental groups - for projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods. Such projects demonstrate that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental conservation and protection.  

For more information on GEF SGP visit:  

The UNDP Accelerator Lab based in Trinidad and Tobago, serving Guyana, Suriname, Aruba, Curacao and St Maarten looks for local innovators who are addressing development challenges, including those related to the environment. We bring them together with the private sector, government and global innovators to reimagine development solutions for 21st century challenges and accelerate the speed at which such solutions are found. In the process we seek to support community entrepreneurship and development.

For more information on UNDP Accelerator Labs visit: