GEF Small Grants Programme Malaysia

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

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Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Deadline: Feb 28, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Malaysia

Location of residency: Malaysia

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Established globally in 1992 following the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) formally commenced its operations in Malaysia in July 1999. SGP is a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded corporate programme implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the GEF partnership. UNDP’s role in implementation assures government support within each country as well as links to national development frameworks and priorities.

SGP embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally” by providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods. SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.

SGP links global, national and local-level issues through a transparent, participatory and country-driven approach to project planning, design and implementation. Grants are made directly to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) in recognition of the key role they play as a resource and constituency for environment and development Concerns. Though SGP grants are small, their impact is large. To date, the SGP Malaysia has provided funds to support over fifty NGOs and CBOs through more than one hundred projects. 

The primary objectives of SGP Malaysia include:

  • To support outreach and awareness raising activities among Malaysian NGOs, CBOs , IPOs and civil society organizations on global and national environmental concerns; 
  • To build the capacities of NGOs, CBOs and local communities in addressing such environmental concerns, and 
  • To provide a mechanism for demonstrating and disseminating community-level or community-led interventions and solutions to such environmental concerns.

SGP 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 the following areas:

Small Grants Programme

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Malaysia is seeking qualified civil society organizations to put forward Concept Proposal. The purpose for Concept Proposal is to assist interested applicants to use their time and effort more effectively, and also to ensure that they are on the right track from the very beginning. GEF SGP Malaysia encourages all applicants to initially submit to us, a “Concept Proposal” of their proposed Full Project. Qualified applicants will be notified for further development of Full Project Proposal.

Project Grant

The maximum amount of grants available from GEF SGP Malaysia:

  • Planning Grant: US$ 2,000
  • Full Project: US$ 50,000

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible Organisation
    • Locally registered Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
      • GEF SGP Malaysia grants are available ONLY for not-for-profit NGOs/CBOs/CSOs, etc. 
    • Local registered bank account of the organisation.
    • Organisation must have strong organizational capacity to implement SGP grant projects and meet SGP requirements.
  • Eligible Project Activities
    • All project proposals submitted to SGP Secretariat need to demonstrate: 
      • How the proposed project proposal meets the GEF SGP criteria by articulating how project objectives and activities would have an impact in the SGP areas of work -GEF focal areas.
      • How the proposed project proposal respond or are aligned to the targets and objectives of the SGP Malaysia Country Programme Strategy (CPS).
      • Demonstrate strong community involvement in the proposed project.
      • Focus on environmental issues and livelihood improvement.


  • Applicant who fail to provide a copy of certificate of registration will not be considered for evaluation.