Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.

Our Communities

Sgp voices

India - Alternative Livelihood Options for the Pardhis
Nepal - Bio Conserving the Khumbu Alpine Area Mt Everest
Kazakhstan - Conservation of Pilot Important Bird Areas

Our stories


Afghanistan - Cleaning up the Streets in Bamyan...

Bamyan, July 2015 — Due to an upsurge in urban migration, new townships are appearing all across Afghanistan. But how do the residents in these new towns ... read more

Chemical free farming paves the way to sustainabil...

  Highlights  160 farmers participated  344 taro were planted and 82% of the crop was sold, fetching $486.00.  The ... read more

Featured Publications

IW 2016 publication Scaling Up Community Actions for International Waters Management...

This publication reviews the results achieved by the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) in international waters in the last five years (2011 - 2016). During this time, SGP supported 265 communities and civil society organizations in more