Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP)


The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), launched in 1992, aims to deliver global environmental benefits in the GEF focal areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation and elimination of persistent organic pollutants through community-based initiatives. Funded by the GEF as a corporate programme, SGP is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the three GEF implementing agencies, and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Since its inception, the GEF SGP has occupied a strategic niche within the GEF, particularly by supporting community-based initiatives and interventions responding to the criteria, objectives and priorities of the GEF. Notably the SGP: Supports outreach and awareness raising activities on selected environmental concerns; Builds the capacities of NGOs and CBOs and local communities in addressing such environmental concerns; Provides a mechanism for demonstrating and disseminating community-level and community-led interventions and solutions to such environmental concerns. Aims to improve livelihoods of target communities; Empowers communities and individuals; Operates in more than 122 country offices and two regional offices, with day-to-day management by SGP National coordinators.

Ethiopia Country Programme Snapshot

193 projects implemented since 2004 with total grant amount reaching US$ 5,020,783 view all projects

SGP Ethiopia

Ethiopia joined the GEF-SGP in 2005. The program provides financial assistance up to US$50,000 (grants) and technical assistance to NGOs and CBOs for activities that support community-level actions that address environmental concerns within the focal areas of GEF. A National Steering Committee (NSC) composed of voluntary representatives from NGOs/CBOs, government agencies, academic, private sectors and the UNDP office approves projects and guides the implementation of the Programme, which is managed by the National Coordinator. A small Central Programme Management Team, based in New York, headed by Global Manager, also gives strategic directions to the SGP country office. The Programme has developed and revised its Country Programme Strategy (CPS) to guide the country programme. Ethiopia country strategy paper

How to Apply

Latest announcement

Call for concept note and project proposal (597.2 kB)

Amharic version in word (1.2 MB)

Project template

call for concept paper (doc)



•    Who is Eligible?

Any local CBO/ NGO is eligible to the SGP grant provided that:

•    It is legally registered local/national organization (CBOs/NGOs).
•    Demonstrate that it has experience in implementing projects and has an acceptable accounting system.

•    It presents written proof of acceptance of its intervention from the concerned local administration.

•    Demonstrating the ability to raise and/or leverage other funds, including in-kind contributions from other sources.

•    Its proposal is to be implemented in a Kebele within the agreed geographical location.

•    Type of Project Eligible

A project should include all of the following criteria to be eligible:

•    The project proposal must meet a priority need of the majority of the community applying for the fund.

•    The project must be community initiated, planned and managed.

•    The project should be replicable.

•    The project proposal must have the potential to demonstrate verifiable improvements in the local environmental goods and services.

Steps/Procedures for Applying and Approval Process










1.    The project proponent contacts the SGP office to receive project concept note and project proposal application guidelines and forms.  

2.    With assistance from the National Coordinator (NC) and using the standard SGP format, the proponent prepares a brief project concept paper and submits this to SGP Office.

3.    The NC reviews and pre-screens the concept paper according to GEF criteria adopted by the National Steering Committee (NSC) for activities.

4.    If the project is judged eligible, the project proponent prepares a project proposal; in some cases, this step may be supported by a planning grant.

5.    Completed project proposals are submitted by the NC to the NSC.

6.    The NSC reviews the proposal and either accepts it, rejects it, or returns it to the proposer with a request that further work be done on formulating and refining the project data.

7.    Approved proposals enter the national GEF/SGP work programme. GEF/SGP grants are usually paid in three installments: an up-front payment to initiate the project; a mid-term payment upon receipt of a satisfactory progress report; and a final payment on receipt of a satisfactory project completion and final report.




Mr. Zeleke Tesfaye
National Coordinator
Phone: +251-115-540964/65
Fax: +252-115-540963
Mr. Feleke Bebzha  
Programme Assistant
Phone: +251-115-540966
Fax: +251-115-540963





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