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 2014, UNDP, through the GEF funded Small Grants Programme, supported local communities to implement 18 new projects and continued support to 25 ongoing projects. UNDP’s support was instrumental in mobilizing local communities for conservation of Jagadishpur reservoir and Charinge Daha Lake in Dang district.

  • Bhoj Raj Shrestha of Dolphin Conservation Centre, recipient of UNDP’s small grants in 2008, won the NAST Scientist Award 2014 for his continued effort in dolphin conservation in Kailali.

  • With the support of UNDP, a 5-kilowatt solar panel, with a thermal water heater, was installed in Great Compassion Sakyapa School, in Lo-Manthang, benefitting 120 people, and reducing firewood and dung consumption by 60 percent and 50 percent respectively.

  • As part of policy support to ban mercury in hospitals, UNDP’s small grants projects have supported two hospitals in Kathmandu and Lalitpur, and three health posts in Chitwan to become mercury free through training of staff and management on harmful effects of mercury, and providing examples of alternatives.

  • Likewise, another UNDP project supported the development of guidelines to standardize the provision of water and sanitation to students of a school in Bhaktapur.


  • 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