The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Belize is inviting eligible local civil society organizations to submit innovative project proposals.
- Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Prevention of Land Degradation, Protection of International Waters, Reduction of the Impact of Chemicals.
- Projects should focus on promoting equity, sustainability, and resilience to climate change. Specifically, addressing at minimum one of the following:
- Management and stewardship of national protected areas system and community conserved areas.
- Youth and Women led initiatives fostering inclusive economic development and empowerment.
- Strategic support for implementation of a portfolio of innovative blended financing of blue economy initiatives.
- Supplemental livelihood and income generation opportunities utilizing natural resources sustainably.
- Indigenous, traditional, cultural, and green/blue economic activities.
- Capacity building in the areas of MSME development, CSO governance and institutional development, proposal writing, digital innovation, business management, marketing and record keeping; and
- Knowledge management, community engagement and participation in sustainable development initiatives.
- Small grants, ranging from US$5,000 to US$50,000.
Strategic Initiatives and Activities for funding include
Project proposals must address one of the following Strategic Initiatives:
- Community-based conservation of threatened ecosystems and species
- Improve management effectiveness of terrestrial and marine protected areas and enhance stewardship between civil society organizations and the regulatory agencies.
- Improve community-led biodiversity friendly practices and approaches, including promoting blue economy (e.g., mariculture, sustainable low-carbon fishing practices, nature-based tourism).
- Enhance community led actions for protection of threatened species and biodiversity stewardship.
- Operationalization of the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment essential for survival of all.
- Sustainable agriculture, fisheries, and food security
- Resilience and adaptation – COVID19 blue and green recovery for MSMEs.
- Increase competitiveness, innovation, efficiency and effectiveness of overall local food production and value chain.
- Increase diversification and livelihood improvement and recovery for indigenous and local communities.
- Increase youth and women involvement in agroecology and empowering the next generation of farmers using innovative family farming approaches.
- Remove deforestation from supply chain and expand restoration of degraded lands.
Is the Civil Society Organization registered and in good standing in Belize?
- National or local non-governmental organization (NGO),
- Community-based organization (CBO),
- Women`s Group,
- Youth Group,
- Indigenous umbrella or grassroots organization or
- Local cooperative or association?
- Eligible local organizations should prepare a proposal using the standard GEF SGP proposal format. Proponent organization must ensure their proposed project ideas are aligned to the GEF SGP Operational Phase 7 Country Programme Strategy. Proposals should have a letter of endorsement from the applicable regulatory agency, partner organization or community.
- Proponent organizations are required to meet the 1:1 in-kind or cash co-financing requirements for co-investments in projects.
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