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Small Grants Cluster
UNOPS executes the UNDP-implemented Small Grants Programme though the Small Grants Cluster. Funded by the Global Environment Facility, the Small Grants Programme efficiently channels direct grants to non-governmental and community-based organizations to help them cope with climate change; conserve biodiversity; protect international waters; reduce the impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants; and prevent land degradation. Helping communities with their initiatives for sustainable livelihoods while generating global environmental benefits is the core inspiration of the Small Grants Programme.
Launched in 1992, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has been promoting grassroots actions to address global environmental concerns. SGP aims to deliver global environmental benefits in the GEF focal area of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation (primarily desertification and deforestation), and elimination of persistent organic pollutants through community-based approaches. SGP is a corporate programme of the GEF. It is implemented by UNDP and executed by UNOPS. As of today, SGP has funded over 20,000 community-based projects covering more than 120 countries. It has gained considerable experiences at the community level, including adapting to climate change while addressing issues of the GEF focal areas. Further information can be found at: https://sgp.undp.org/.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) is implemented by UNDP on behalf of the GEF Partnership. As the responsible Executing Agency, UNOPS provides services to UNDP for administrative, financial and legal aspects of grant-making and country operations.
Through the SGP modality, the GEF provides assistance to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in developing countries, and countries in transition, for efforts to address global environmental challenges in five focal areas: biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, international waters, land degradation, and elimination of chemicals.
At present, 126 countries participate in SGP having ratified the conventions on biological diversity and climate change. Since 1992, a cumulatively 20,252 projects have been funded by SGP around the world. From 2011-2014, during its 5th operational phase, SGP secured over $250 million in GEF funding to address global environmental challenges through community-based approach in the GEF focal areas. It is expected that significant additional GEF funding will be mobilized for community-based work in support of global environmental objectives through the SGP in the coming years. See http://sgp.undp.org for further background information.
This position is global in nature and therefore can be based at either HQ or one of UNDP’s Regional Hubs.