GEF-SGP Call for Project Concepts 2022 in Zambia
The Global Environment Facility (GEF), Small Grants Programme (SGP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Zambia is inviting eligible local communities, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) mostly in vulnerable and remote areas to submit innovative and relevant project ideas for initiatives that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s livelihoods and wellbeing.
The GEF-SGP believes that global environment problems can be addressed effectively if local people are involved in decision-making process at all levels within projects and have control over resources. It has demonstrated that with a small amount of funding, communities at the grassroot level can make a significant difference in their livelihoods and the environment.
SGP objectives include:
Support communities and civil society organizations to understand and practice sustainable development strategies that protect the global environment.
Develop, implement, and learn from community-level approaches that reduce threats to the global environment through replication, scaling up, and mainstreaming.
Build partnerships and establish networks to strengthen local and national capacities to address global environmental problems and promote sustainable development.
Gather, share and scale-up successful community-based innovations and strategies to showcase effective solutions to a wider set of stakeholders.
The concept papers should meet at least one criterion under the following GEF SGP thematic areas:
Protection of International Water,
Prevention of Land Degradation
Sustainable Forest Management,
Reduction of the Impact of Chemicals.
The concept paper should refer to the OP7 Strategic priorities in the Zambia Country Programme Strategy Document.
Grant amount will range from $5,000 to $50,000. Please note, $50,000 will be considered in exceptional cases. The implementation capacity of the organization and the idea being proposed will be taken into account when approving the grant amount.
Project Duration: The duration of the proposed projects should not exceed 24 months.
Should be locally registered NGOs/CBOs/CSOs, etc. Applicants who fail to provide a copy of the certificate of registration will not be considered for evaluation,
Have at least three years of relevant experience and proven records of working with communities,
Demonstrate strong community involvement in the planned or proposed project,
Have a local registered bank account,
Must have a strong organizational capacity (legal status, governance, managerial capacity, administrative capacity, financial capacity, and technical capacity) to implement SGP grant projects and meet SGP requirements.
They highly encourage less experienced communities and community organisations with relevant and innovative ideas to take part in SGP activities. They recommend that the less experienced be assisted by a local or national NGO/CSO, who will play a key role as mentors and partners. In such a case, a letter of intent should be submitted as an annex of the concept paper.
For more information, visit https://www.undp.org/zambia/press-releases/call-project-concepts-global-environment-facility-gef-small-grants-programme-sgp-operational-phase-7