Statement on accessing grants from the GEF Small Grants Programme

Jul 7, 2016

The Small Grants Programme (SGP) is a corporate programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1992.

SGP grant making in over 125 countries promotes community-based innovation, capacity development, and empowerment through sustainable development projects of local civil society organizations with special consideration for indigenous peoples, women, and youth. Specifically, SGP supports biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, prevention of land degradation, protection of international waters and reduction of the impact of chemicals, while generating sustainable livelihoods.

As part of these efforts, SGP provides technical and financial support to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in developing countries including Botswana for projects that conserve biodiversity, mitigate climate change, protect international waters, reduce the impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), and prevent land degradation. Supporting projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.

SGP grants range from USD 2,000 to 50,000. In Botswana, eligible entities and legally registered CSOs are invited to apply for funding through an open call for proposals advertised in local media, the UNDP Procurement website and the UNDP Botswana website. It is envisaged that the first open call for 2016 for small grants in Botswana will be advertised in local media, the UNDP Procurement websites and the UNDP Botswana website in September 2016.

UNDP and the SGP are committed to the transparent handling of the grants as per UNDP rules and regulations which can be found online here

Contact information

Elsie Tolani Mvimi - GEF/SGP National Coordinator: +267 3633767/+267 72110846, Email:

Boipelo Besele -UNDP Communications Officer: +267 3633724/+267 74416673, Email:

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