The GEF Small Grants Programme, provides communities and civil society organizations with grants to enable them to implement projects in the focal areas of: (1) conservation of biodiversity: in protected areas, critical forest ecosystems, and conservation of biodiversity related to sustainable agriculture; (2) climate change mitigation: by reducing the percentage of greenhouses gases emission; (3) prevention of land degradation and soil erosion; (4) protection of international waters; and (5) reduction of persistent organic pollutants (POPs)/chemicals. Under priorities and focal areas mentioned above, grant is awarded to projects with the following activities: (1) support planning and participation of the community, the project aims to involve the community in determining the actual situation and developing plans to improve it; (2) pilot projects: including projects with innovative ideas and application of appropriate techniques and technologies, feasibility study of these projects, encouraging project replication and scaling up; (3) capacity building: aims to build the capacity of NGOs (training, technical support ...) to implement local activities within the priorities and focal areas of interest of SGP; (4) monitoring and analysis: includes support of associations and research centers (especially universities) in projects that aims at assisting in monitoring existing projects, documenting successful projects, and drawing lessons learned; and (5) networking, policy discussion and information dissemination: including projects that support dissemination of information on successful projects, networking projects that provide joint work among all stakeholders, and projects related to advocacy to correct policies.
Eligible applicant must: (1) have experience, credibility and good governance (transparency, democracy, acceptance from the community and have previous experience in the field); (2) be representative (public committee, NGO, research center or academic institution); (3) coordinate with other local partners (public committees, NGOs, municipalities, private sector, youth clubs, women's associations, etc.); (4) have the ability to write narrative and financial progress reports and to propose ways to modify and evaluate the project; and (5) be a non-profit, non-governmental body.
Actions must take place in Lebanon.
GEF SGP grant requests should not exceed US$50,000 per project. The project implementation period should not exceed 3 years.
Deadline for proposals submission is 10 August 2018.