Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally." By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.


Scaling up local action for global impact

The Small Grants Programme (SGP) has delivered over US$720 million to more than 27,000 community-led projects in 136 countries around the world, including 37 Small Island Developing States and 41 Least Developed Countries, since 1992. In 30 years, SGP has evolved into a unique civil society-led platform to scale local action on global environmental issues while strengthening livelihoods. As an incubator and accelerator of community innovations, we will continue to evolve and support a sustainable future for people and the planet by acting now.

SGP- youth in action
Indigenous Peoples and SGP- 25 years of engagement
Societies in harmony with nature: a community-based approach to landscape and seascape management
SGP Community- Baseded Adaptation Programme


Community-based Micro-financing and Small Enterprises

Local Action on Sustainable Land Management

Youth in Action: Experiences from the Small Grants Programme

The GEF Small Grants Programme: Local Action, Global Impact

Enhancing Climate Resilience: Experiences from the SGP's Community-Based Adaptation Programme

Communities Conserving Wildlife

Small Grants Programme: 25 Years of Engagement with Indigenous Peoples

Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining and Mercury Management

Plastics and Circular Economy: Community Solutions

Women as Environmental Stewards: The Experience of the Small Grants Programme

South-South Cooperation, Community Innovation Exchange Platform


What’s in a name? Indigenous languages and cultural diversity in the digital age


Why development results should no longer be concrete


The value of local action in tackling our planetary emergency