The Small Grants Programme (SGP)
About the Small Grants Programme (SGP)
The SGP provides financial and managerial support to local NGOs and community-based organisations which address global environmental concerns through small-scale activities at the local level. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) funds SGP support to grassroots initiatives working in biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation and phasing out of chemicals/persistent organic pollutants.
When tackling these issues, SGP also focuses on poverty reduction and local empowerment.
The SGP is partially funded by AusAID’s Mekong Asia-Pacific Community-Based Adaptation programme. This extra financing ensures that climate change adaptation is also addressed alongside climate change mitigation and environmental protection.
The GEF Small Grants Programme was launched in 1992, following the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. It is funded by the GEF and implemented by the UNDP on behalf of the GEF partnership.
The GEF SGP is based on the understanding that global and regional environmental problems can best be addressed if local people are involved and direct community benefits and ownership are generated.
Timor-Leste became an SGP participating country in 2012.
Achievements to date
- Establishment of the National Steering Committee consisting of government, local and international NGOs
- Identification of focal areas based on OP5, AusAID and national priorities
- Production of framework for guiding the selection process of grant proposals
- Development of information dissemination process to access NGOs and CBOs in all districts
|US$750,000||Global Environment Facility (GEF)|
|Total budget: US$1.315m