Applications Invited for GEF Small Grants Programme India - Operational Phase 7

Applications Invited for GEF Small Grants Programme India - Operational Phase 7

Organization: SGP India

Apply By: 29 Feb 2024

Grant Amount: 4000000 INR

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About the Organization

Since its inception, the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) has implemented 26,429 projects globally in 136 countries. In India, the Small Grants Programme started in 2000, completing 20 years of project implementation in various parts of the country.

The OP-7 of the GEF Small Grants Programme in India (SGP India), aims to enable communities and organizations in some of the most vulnerable and least developed areas, by enhancing their socio-ecological resilience. The approach would focus on collective action through participatory landscape planning and integrated management approaches, to promote innovative livelihood options, thereby producing local and global environmental benefits.

SGP India is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is the National Host Institution (NHI) for coordinating and facilitating SGP in India.

About the Grant  

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing the Seventh Operational Phase of the GEF (Global Environment Facility) Small Grants Programme (SGP) in India. The project is being executed through The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) over a period of five years.

The Project aims to enable communities and organisation to take collective action for socioecological resilience and sustainable livelihoods for local and global environmental benefits in the three key landscapes in India. It will provide financial and technical support to local communities, non-government organizations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs) and civil society organisation (CSOs) mostly in poor and often remote areas for initiatives that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s livelihoods and well-being.

The SGP flagship program gives an opportunity to NGOs/CBOs/CSOs to work with the local population for building resilient communities.

Thematic Areas:

The following are the three thematic/ focus areas, under which the projects are required to be developed. Each thematic area is followed by an indicative list / examples / themes on which the projects may be developed. The said list is only indicative and not exhaustive.

Biodiversity: The projects under this thematic area will promote conservation of globally significant biodiversity, sustainable management of natural resources and nature-based livelihoods. Broadly, interventions can be designed to undertake activities that meet overall SGP targets, for example:

  • Agrobiodiversity conservation through preservation and promotion of indigenous seeds, plant species and livestock.
  • Protecting endemic species and endangered and threatened species, e.g., through establishing community-managed ecological corridors to improve habitat integrity.
  • Conservation of globally significant biodiversity or cultural resources, e.g., through Indigenous Community Conserved Areas, Locally Managed Marine Areas.
  • Promoting and strengthening local community institutions such as Biodiversity Management Committees, Peoples Biodiversity Registers, etc.
  • Conservation of Forest Areas through livelihood based eco-restoration activities.
  • Improved marine habitat practices, such as seasonal protection of critical fishing grounds.
  • Collaborative management of protected areas in partnership with PA administration (e.g., community patrol).
  • Management of human-wildlife conflicts in settlements near the borders of the protected areas.

Climate Change: The projects under this thematic area will contribute towards reducing GHG emissions, adopting energy efficient solutions, and promoting renewable energy including alternatives to fuelwood and coal. GHG mitigation benefits are also envisaged to be generated through restoring-rehabilitating degraded agricultural land, forests, and mangroves-wetlands. Broadly, interventions can be designed to undertake such activities that meet overall SGP targets, for example:

  • Mitigation of GHG emissions, e.g., through energy efficient solutions introduced, adapted, piloted, and disseminated.
  • Expanded application of renewable and clean energy solutions for productive uses, such as mills, solar pumps, etc.
  • Increased use of renewable energy, including alternatives to fuelwood and coal.
  • Improved energy efficiency, e.g., for household use and community lighting.

Land Degradation: The projects will seek to address soil erosion, damaged agricultural land, desertification, and deforestation. Broadly, interventions can be designed to undertake such activities that meet overall SGP targets, for example:

  • Improved provision of agroecosystem, forest and marine ecosystem goods and services (e.g., through reforestation, dissemination of knowledge on improved grazing/livestock maintenance, planting of mangroves, indigenous resilient trees and nurseries).
  • Community-managed natural regeneration of degraded lands and coastal ecosystems.
  • Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in productive landscapes and within buffer zones of protected areas (e.g., sustainable utilization of non-timber forest products (NTFPs)).

Indicators for Project Development:

Organizations are encouraged to design projects involving integrated landscape strategy approach. The proposal should foster innovation through inclusive practices and aim to create a lasting impact on the environment and the broader community. Organizations are encouraged to address areas of concern in the landscape that fit the SGP focal themes and contribute to achieving the overall SGP targets.

  • Ability to carry out innovative activities that encourage local communities to participate in reducing socio-environmental threats to the ecosystem. The project should develop and demonstrate innovative solutions as well as establish innovative mechanisms of generating or channelling financial resources at local levels to ensure sustainability.
  • Competence in co-financing and further scaling up the project activities designated to the landscape.
  • Ability to initiate local entrepreneurship and ownership of various resources thereby creating responsibility of the conservation and sustenance of those resources.
  • Building the local capacity to implement sustainable development strategies and creating institutional capabilities.
  • Competency to replicate project activities that are designed using a multi-stakeholder approach.
  • Proficiency in the techniques of raising awareness among locals with respect to biodiversity conservation, land degradation, and mitigation of climate change.
  • Skills to enhance livelihood opportunities and resources to build and expand upon the existing strategies of a lifestyle that can be sustained.
  • Promotion of equality of opportunity to various vulnerable groups ranging from backward castes, scheduled tribes, women, person with disabilities, and povertystricken individuals/ households.
  • Magnification of the role of women and youth in being change makers in the community.
  • Displaying inclusivity while carrying out various project implementing activities by giving an equitable chance to members of the marginalized populations in the region.
  • Skillset of working towards building knowledge of the local community to allow them to plan, implement, coordinate, and monitor community projects.
  • Zeal to make a change and create a ripple of positive impacts in the society and the country along with setting an example to be sustainable for the people.
  • Work ethic of transparency for all project activities and upholding democratic ideals for participation of various groups in all the levels of implementation.

SGP Funding:

The SGP can fund various projects upto a sum of US $50,000 each. The maximum funding for an applicant will be up to INR 40,00,000. (For organizations in NER, applying under the relaxed criteria, the funding will be upto a sum of US $30,000 each.)


  • Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)
  • Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
  • Community Based Organizations (CBOs)


  • The NGO/CSO/CBO should be registered as a trust / society in India for more than 5 years. The organization must have a minimum of 5 years of experience. Registration documents of the Trust/Society to be submitted.
  • NGO/CSO/CBO must be registered at the DARPAN portal of NITI Aayog and should have a valid unique ID with updated details.
  • IT returns for the FY 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 (mandatory) and FCRA (if applicable) to be submitted.
  • Audited accounts (including Balance Sheet, Income and Expenditure, Schedules, Notes of Accounts, and Auditor’s Report) for the FY, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 to be submitted.
  • The latest Annual Report should be submitted (FY 2022-23)

Organisational Experience:

  • The organization must have at least 5 years of experience working on communitybased programmes in the field of environment, climate change, biodiversity conservation and land degradation in the focus landscape.
  • The applicant organization should have an office in the selected intervention landscape state, (Proof of the office in the focus landscape to be submitted).
  • The organization should have undertaken minimum 3 projects in the field of climate change, biodiversity conservation and land degradation of value more than or equivalent to INR 15 lakh each in the last 5 financial years, viz. FY 2018-19, 2019- 20, 2020-21, 2021-22 & 2022-23 preferably in the focused landscape. (Relaxation in the eligibility criteria for applicants from North-East Region in terms of project value is INR 5 lakhs).
  • NGOs/CBOs/CSOs should have experience in implementing a minimum of 3 government/philanthropy/foundation funded projects in the focused landscape. (Relaxation in the eligibility criteria for applicants from North-East Region in terms of minimum projects is 2).
  • The organization must have impacted at least 5000 beneficiaries through their engagement.
  • The ability to co-finance the project by fund raising through parallel sources is expected. Proof of co-financing generated in the last three financial years to be submitted.
  • Preference will be given to organizations who have participated in the earlier phases of the GEF Small Grants Programme in India 10
  • The organization should not have been debarred by any Government or UN agency, at any point of time. A self-declaration to this effect to be submitted.

Financial Capacity:

The Applicant Organization should have received an average turnover of INR 30,00,000 (Thirty Lakhs) from project grants during the last 5 (five) financial years viz. 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 preceding the Proposal due date. Organizations need to provide audited accounts and Auditor’s Report.

How to Apply

Download Request for Proposal (RFP)

Download Proposal Form

The grantees will be selected by the National Steering Committee of SGP-OP7 following the criteria and procedures described in the RFP and their decision will be final.

No liability will be accepted for costs associated with service provider’s preparation and submission of a proposal.

Completed proposals to be sent by email to sgpindia@teri.res.in

The last date for receiving the Proposals is 29 Feburary 2024 upto 1800 hours

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