Small Grants Program Calls for Proposals

Feb 26, 2016



The UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) is implemented by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme to assist countries in fulfilling their commitment of protection of the global environment through local actions. The programme in Papua New Guinea is implemented through the United Nations Development Programme.

The SGP programme is sourced with the belief that global environmental problems can be addressed effectively if local people are involved in decision-making at all levels within projects and have control over resources. It demonstrates that with a small amount of funding, the communities at the grassroots level can make significant difference in their livelihoods and the environment.

Grants under the 5th Operational Phase of the SGP is now available.

SGP invites “Call for Proposals” beginning 01 March to 29th April 2016.

Focus Areas:

Proposals are invited under the GEF thematic areas of (1) Biodiversity Conservation; (2) Climate

Change; (3) Protection of International Waters; (4) Prevention of Land Degradation; and (5) Phasing-out of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)/Chemical Management.

Criterion and extent of financial support:

Concept Papers are invited from Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), faith-based, youth and women’s organisations. The duration of each proposal may vary from 18 to 24 months. SGP will consider grants of up to USD$50,000.00 only for each project. SGP supports field based, participatory process approach by selected communities. Organizations and projects will be given preference to the extent that they:

  • Identify the threat and articulate innovative community based initiatives to reduce local environmental threats;
  • Build local capacity to implement sustainable development strategies creating ‘local ownership and institutional capabilities’.
  • Demonstrate high replicability, co-financing and scaling-up potential;
  • Foster public awareness on environmental issues as an integral part of the project;
  • Address livelihood, equality and gender concerns and sensitivities.
  • Involve women, marginalized populations and isolated communities as equal partners in programme    implementation;
  • Create an impact, influence policies and partnership at the National, Provincial and local levels in the country;
  • Generate local knowledge and involvement of communities in planning, implementing and monitoring of projects; and
  • Encourage sustainability and demonstrate people’s participation, democracy, flexibility, partnership and transparency in their approach during implementation of activities in projects.

Interested NGOs/CBOs may download generic forms from the website: and submit your Concept Papers with attachments to:

National Coordinator

UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme,

United Nations Development Programme, Level 14, Deloitte Tower.

P. O Box 1041, Port Moresby, NCD

Due to high levels of interest, we will not consider any Concept Papers submitted without mandatory attachments and a cover letter. All applicants are encouraged to send e-copy applications via email . All Concept Papers must be submitted in PDF and Microsoft Word Version.

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