Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme

What is the project about

The programme is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a corporate programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the GEF partnership, and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).The programme provides grants of up to US$50,000 directly to local communities including indigenous people, community-based organizations and other non-governmental groups for projects in: Biodiversity, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Land Degradation and Sustainable Forest Management, International Waters and Chemicals.



Results thus far of the T&T Country Programme Strategy (2011-2014)

  • Demonstrated contribution from T&T SGP projects to the 5th GEF Operational Plan objectives.
  • More SGP projects have been implemented in central and south Trinidad.
  • More projects have been implemented in the following focal areas: climate change, international waters, chemicals and land degradation.
  • Education and advocacy on environmental issues relating to the GEF SGP focal areas have increased.
  • CBOs and NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago have stronger institutional capacity as well as improved skills in key areas such as project identification, proposal writing and project implementation.
  • Improved linkages between and contribution from SGP project activities to the formulation and implementation of national policies. Improved linkages between SGP and other grant making and technical support agencies that focus on environmental conservation and sustainable livelihoods.
  • Lessons learnt from improved monitoring and evaluation of SGP projects are documented and widely disseminated.

Some of the projects implemented:

Building Sustainable Farming Practices

Small scale subsistence farming (SSSF) is prevalent on the slopes of Trinidad’s Northern Range. These activities contribute to livelihoods and local food production, and are considered important in alleviating poverty and making T & T a food secure nation. Unfortunately, poor land clearing practices is having negative impacts on key ecosystem services (water availability and quality, flood and erosion prevention) provided by the Range.

Vision on Mission

Vision on Mission(VOM) is a local non-governmental organization (NGO) which has been helping to rehabilitate and re-integrate  into society ex-inmates, deportees and youth persons in conflict. Recently, the NGO decided to embark on a much wider mission - to help to increase food security for its staff and the wider community through an innovating initiative which is funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented by UNDP.  The programme is titled, the Employment for Sustainable Rehabilitation and Re-integration Programme.

Who finances it?

# of Projects 95
Total Grant Amount US$ 2,359,185
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 837,442
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 1,890,052

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