The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Jamaica is seeking applications for GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) that provides financial and technical support to communities and CSOs to meet the overall objective of “global environmental benefits secured through community-based initiatives and actions”.
- Create a greater impact and closer links between local efforts and global environmental benefits (GEBs) by supporting more extensive geographical coverage and/or thematic consolidation for policy improvement
- Make effective use of the built-up capacity of local NGOs, CBOs and communities for replication of successful technologies and approaches
- Improve the capacity of the SGP and its partners to leverage larger funds from potential partners and donors
- Strengthen the sustainability and replicability of SGP projects
- Pilot innovative market mechanisms and financial instruments (i.e. such as Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES); environmentally friendly loans; revolving funds; and/or sustainable financing for clean energy technologies)
- Accumulate national and global experience in the development and implementation of projects of larger coverage enabling SGP to link more effectively with the MSP and FSP modalities of the GEF, as well as that of other donors and governments
- Strategically position civil society participation and leadership in new and innovative policies and programmes with non-GEF funding (i.e. wide implementation of community-based adaptation (CBA), ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA), community-based REDD+, sustainable energy for all (SE4ALL), strengthening direct access to funding mechanisms such as the Adaptation Fund and the Green Climate Fund).
- SGP funds “small grants” up to a maximum of US$ 50,000 in addition; a “strategic project” provides funds up to a maximum of US$150,000 to allow for scaling up and to support initiatives that cover many communities, either within in a critical landscape or seascape, or towards a thematic priority.
- Biodiversity Conservation
- Land Degradation & Sustainable Forest Management
- Climate Change (Mitigation)
- Chemicals (POPs) and Waste.
- Limited Funding is available to locally registered NGOs and CBOs for community-based initiatives.
- Projects with tangible co-financing will be of priority.
- Projects should demonstrate collaborations and partnerships with other agencies, as well as broad community participation.
- Demonstrated ability to manage project processes.
- Projects should be aligned to National Policies/Priorities (i.e. Vision 2030 Jamaica), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Conventions (CBD, FCCC, CCD) to which Jamaica is a signatory
- Projects should have cross-cutting results in poverty reduction, livelihoods, capacity development and gender with special focus on women and youth involvement
- Consideration will not be given to concepts submitted not using the template.