GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)

The Small Grants Programme has funded 201 environmental conservation initiatives including 66 biodiversity conservation projects and 56 climate change mitigation projects.

It is local communities in the developing world who are often the first to feel the effects of environmental degradation and climate change. The realisation that they are at the forefront of efforts to prevent and reverse damage to the environment led to the setting up of the Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme in 1992. The programme was started following the Rio Earth Summit and has so far given out 14,500 grants to local initiatives to conserve the environment in 125 developing countries...Read More

What have we accomplished so far

In 2015, UNDP and GEF supported 30 small grants projects.

In Baglung, for example, the grant enabled the construction of a dam, 15 roadside retention walls and six waterways that diverted water that was eroding the riverbank. In all, the project has saved over 3,100 hectares of riverbank, while controlling the erratic flow of water during the monsoon season. This has helped farmers to prevent land erosion and maintain healthy production of their crops.


  • Bishnu Maya Shrestha at her vegetable farm. Photo: UNDP Nepal

    Farmers’ Field School in Bara

    Farmers’ Field School is a new concept in Nepalese agriculture promoted by the Multi-dimensional Resource Centre (MRC),  an NGO and a grantee supported by the UNDPmore

Project Overview


Project duration:
1996 to 30th June 2015

Focus Area:
Environment and Energy

Fund manager and monitoring agency:
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Implemented by:

Implementing partners:
NGOs and community organisations

UNDP focal point:
Mr. Vijay Singh
Environment, Energy and Disaster Reduction Unit
UNDP, UN House, POB 107
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 00-977-1-5523200
Fax: 00-977-1-5523991

Project focal point:
Mr. Gopal Raj Sherchan
National Co-ordinator
UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme
Bhanimandal, Jawalakhel
Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-5000119
Fax: 5530269