5th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme

What is the Project About

5th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants ProgrammePhoto: Dhiraj Singh/UNDP India

Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Small Grants Programme (SGP) supports initiatives that demonstrate community-based, innovative, gender sensitive and participatory approaches. Under the programme, grants are made directly to community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to support community-level initiatives that help conserve global biodiversity, mitigate climate change, protect international waters, reduce the impacts of persistent organic pollutants and prevent land degradation while generating sustainable livelihoods.In India, the programme has been supported through the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) since 2000.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

5th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants ProgrammePhoto: Dhiraj singh/UNDP India
  • Seventy-three new projects with a multifocal, integrated approach towards biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and land degradation have been approved and operationalized on the ground with total grants approved worth $2.44 million.
  • The co-financing generated from communities, NGO partners and other donor agencies for these 73 projects amounts to $2.5 million.
  • As of February 2015, at the programme level, SGP India had generated $0.56 million in co-financing from a range of donors, including Airbus Corporate Foundation, Steel Authority of India (SAIL), AVH Chemicals, Arya Steel, National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India and several state government departments, including Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and forest departments.  
  • As of 31 May 2015, SGP was working with 265 panchayats in nearly 800 villages (24,800 households) and funding nearly 300,000 people directly and more than 250,000 people through kinship relations.
  • More than 552 women self-help groups (SHGs) have been formed with 7,728 members who meet regularly every month and save nearly INR50 to INR100 per month. These SHGs have been linked with banks and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to enable them to obtain credit and/or grants for setting up enterprises and technology interface in a sustainable manner.
  • Every month, two to three meetings are held in each village covered by the various SGPs in projects (over 800 villages). All decisions taken at these meetings are recorded and documented by the local attendees.  More than 3,200 village meetings have been held as of June 2015. . 
  • In collaboration with project partners, low cost technologies such as biomass briquetting have been promoted; more than 8,500 energy efficient cook stoves have been distributed; 5-kW micro hydels, 21 water mills and 3 check dams have been built; more than 750 biogas plants have been set up; and land development activities covering 17,000 hectares of land have been initiated. The actual assessment of CO2 emission reductions resulting from these initiatives will be conducted by the end of 2015. Through a range of community-led measures, local biodiversity has been enhanced by protecting nearly 67,755 hectares of degraded land from further degradation.
  • From 2012 to 2015  GEF SGP has been represented in more than 178 conferences and workshops where presentations on the programme’s best practices, processes and business model approaches have been shared. 
  • GEF SGP NGO partners have won various awards, of which 25 awards were won during the duration of OP5.

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility US$ 5 million
Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change US$ 400,000
UNDP US$ 1 million
Others US$ 4.6 million


Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Years

Year Amount
2016 US$ 938,048
2015 US$ 1,259,736.85
2014 US$ 967,700
2013 US$ 406,450
2012 US$ 162,546



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