Get involved in YOUR city and locality - Improve Your World
Get involved in YOUR city and locality - Improve Your World
Get involved in YOUR city and locality 
Improve Your World Home | About Us | Sitemap | Search | Contact Us 

Home >> Available for Nonprofits >> Sponsors

UNDP GEF/CCF Small Grants Programme-India  

What is the Small Grants Programme?

Small Grants Programme (SGP), funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), seeks to support activities, which demonstrate community-based approaches and lessons learned from other development projects that could reduce threats to the local and global environment.

The GEF/SGP was launched in 1991 by UNDP to assist developing countries in fulfilling their commitment towards the protection of the global environment. The Programme is sourced with a belief that global environmental problems can only be addressed adequately, if local people are involved in decision making at all levels. Even with small amounts of funding, communities can undertake activities, which will make a significant difference in their livelihoods and environment. UNDP GEF/SGP is currently offered in 63 countries worldwide. The programme started in India since 1996.

Who is executing the Programme?

Small Grants Programme (SGP) is administered by the UNDP and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India (GoI). It is being implemented by Centre for Environment Education (CEE) as the National Host Institution (NHI) since sep 2000. CEE is a national level institution supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India as a Centre of Excellence, and affiliated to the Nehru Foundation for Development, Ahmedabad. CEE has its presence felt in all the states & Union Territories of India through a local network of 7 Regional Offices and 23 Field Offices across the country. CEE is currently implementing 89 different projects with an outreach to more than 300 villages and a population 2,50,000 people. An emphasis is more on establishing low cost, low external input & easy to manage technologies.

What are the Thematic Areas for GEF/SGP?

Small Grants Programme provides grants to organizations for activities that address and provide solution to local & global environmental problems, in the areas of;

1.       Biodiversity Conservation

2.       Climate Change

3.       International Waters

4.       Land Development      

5.       Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

SGP supports field based, bottom-up approach which; 

1.       Promote innovative community based projects to reduce local environmental threats.

2.       Build local capacity to implement sustainable development strategies, creating ‘local ownerships’.

3.       Demonstrate high replicability, Co-financing and scaling-up potential.

4.       Creation of public awareness on environmental issues as an integral part of the project.

5.       Address livelihood, equality and gender concerns.

6.       Create an impact /influence on policy/ at National/State/District level.

What is the financial support provided by SGP?

SGP will normally consider grants up to Rs. 15 lakh for each project. In special cases, where co-financing commitments are more, slightly higher budgets may be considered, if the project activities justify this.

Time period for executing project

The duration of the project vary between 18 to 24 months.

Who can submit a proposal?

1.       Non Government Organization (NGOs)

2.       Community Based Organization (CBOs)

The Organization should be registered for at least three years. Organisations and projects will be given preference to the extent that they involve;

§          Women as equal partners in programme implementation

§          Marginalised population and isolated tribal communities

§          Networking and Co-financing by partner organisations

§          Sustainability and demonstrate participation, democracy, leverage financial resources, flexibility, partnership and transparency in their approach during implementation.

The following are required to be sent along with the proposal

1.       Annual Report, indicative of the activities performed during the year, co-financing/contribution from partners

2.       Copy of the Registration Certificate

3.       Organisation Chart; List of key professionals/staff and their responsibility areas

4.       Audited financial report for last 3 years

For GEF-SGP participation

1.       Contact one of the CEE Regional Cells/ Website to get details and submit a ‘concept paper’.

2.       Based on feedback of the concept paper, organisations submit a detailed proposal in the prescribed format.

3.       All Proposals are placed before Regional Committees for their consideration.

4.       Proposals, processed on the basis of the feedback of the Regional Committees, are placed for approval to the National Steering Committee (NSC) of SGP.

5.       Decisions of the NSC are communicated to the participating organisations.


For further details and application formats visit the  

CEE Contact addresses

CEE Central
Ms. Sanskriti Menon / Mr. Ulhas Gore

CEE Central
Flat No 10, Garden Estate, 167/1,168/1, New DP Road, City International School, Aundh, Pune
Tel: 020-5887009
(For Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Goa)

CEE South
Dr. Shailaja R. / Mr. Ishwar Poojar
CEE South
Kamala Mansion, 143, Infantry Road
Bangalore - 560001,Tel: 080 2869094, Fax:
(For Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,Kerala,Tamil Nadu, Pondichery,Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep)


CEE North  
Dr. Ramboojh Yadav / Satish Kumar CEE North  
Centre for Environment Education
19/323, Indira Nagar, Lucknow 226016 U.P. 
Tel - 0522-2716570, 2716628 (tel/fax) 

(For Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttaranchal)

CEE North-East  
Mr. Soumen Day / Moushumi Das  
CEE North-East  
Chenikuthi, K.K. Bhatta Road  
Guwahati - 781003  
Tel: 0361 – 2667382, 2516382,2515722,
Fax: 0361-514914 
(For Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram,Nagaland,Sikkim,Tripura)

CEE Bhubaneswar 
Dr. D.P.Rath  
A-5, Bar munda, HIG Colony  
Tel:0674- 2551344  
Email: (For Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand)

CEE West  
Ms. Madhavi joshi / Ms. Devika Chakraborty  
Centre for Environment Education  
Thaltej Tekra, Ahmedabad - 380054  
Tel: 079- 6858002-09, Fax: 079- 6858010  
(For Gujarat, Rajasthan, Daman & Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli)


 CEE Delhi 
Dr. S.M. Nair / Mr. Sharad Gaur  
B-73, II Floor, Soami Nagar (N) New Delhi- 110017, 
Tel: 011-26497051 
Fax: 011-26497041  
(For Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Chandigarh)

Or Contact  
National Coordinator
UNDP GEF/CCF Small Grants Programme  
CEE Delhi  
B-73, Soami Nagar (N), New Delhi -110017  
Tel: 011-26497051, Fax: 011-26497041  


UNDP GEF/CCF Small Grants Programme Application form