GEF Small Grants Programme



The Small Grants Programme (SGP) is a corporate programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that specifically invests in the development of communities and civil society organisations impacted by the effects of environmental degradation. The work that has been done by the GEF SGP supported projects has contributed significantly to the environmental conservation by local communities particularly on environmental conservation and climate change mitigation which has had the added benefit of meeting the global environmental benefits.

In South Africa, the SGP started in 2001 and since then it has supported close to 100 projects to the value of over USD$ 4,2 mill and co-financing (cash & in-kind) of over US$5,8mill in 2015. The focal point of the SGP is the Department of Environmental Affairs, which is responsible for the general oversight of the programme and is the custodian of GEF Funds. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) implements the projects in while the National Steering Committee and the programme staff coordinate the country programme.

Programme purpose

The purpose of the SGP programme is to provide financial support to community based organizations and other stakeholders for the implementation of environment projects that contribute to environmental sustainability, economic and social development.


The SGP funding is available to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) who work towards the achievement of environmental sustainability for local and global benefit.

Each successful applicant is eligible to financial support of up to USD$ 50 000 per project. For further details on the Programme and focal areas supported by the Programme in 6th Operational Phase of the GEF - GEF 6 (2015 -2018) click here.

Programme portfolio in GEF 5

During GEF 5 (2010-2014), 34 projects have been supported through GEF SGP STAR funds with 17 projects under the biodiversity focal area, 6 in land degradation and sustainable forest management focal area; 5 in the climate change focal area; 2 in the chemicals focal area; 2 in international waters focal area and 2 were multifocal. The total grant amount issued in GEF 5 to the SGP was US$1,6mill. The geographic spread was as follows: 8 projects were in Kwa-Zulu Natal, 3 in Eastern Cape, 3 in Limpopo, 6 in Western Cape and 1 was nationwide.

For more information contact:

SGP National Coordinator

Anele Moyo (Ms) Tel: +27(0) 12 354 8166, Fax: +27(0) 12 354 8058/9 Email:

SGP Programme Assistant

Motsei Choabi (Ms) Tel: +27(0) 12 354 8155, Fax: +27(0) 12 354 8058/9 Email: 


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