The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) 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 socio-ecological 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 various Indian organizations to work with the local population for building resilient communities.
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. Organizations are encouraged to design innovative projects.
- Biodiversity: the projects under this thematic area will promote conservation of globally significant biodiversity, sustainable management of natural resources and nature-based livelihoods.
- 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 restoringrehabilitating degraded agricultural land, forests, and mangroves-wetlands.
- Degradation: The projects will seek to address soil erosion, damaged agricultural land, desertification, and deforestation.
- The SGP can fund various projects upto a sum of US $50,000 (approx. INR 39,50,000 subject to currency fluctuation) each.
- Duration: The duration of the project may vary between 18 to 24 months.
- 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 NGO 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 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 (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 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 to be submitted.
- The latest Annual Report be submitted (FY 2021-22)
- Organisational Experience
- The organization must have at least 5 years of experience working on community-based 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 at least 3 projects in the field of environment, climate change, biodiversity conservation and land degradation in the focus landscape of value more than or equivalent to INR 15 lakh each in the last 5 financial years, viz. FY 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019- 20, 2020-21 & 2021-22. Preference will be given to NGOs/CBOs/CSOs having experience in implementing government/foundation/philanthropy funded projects in focused landscapes.
- The organization must have impacted at least 5000 beneficiaries through their engagement.
- 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 Small Grants Programme in India.
- 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.
For more information, visit https://sgp-india.org/apply-grants.php