Tips to Apply to the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme – Ghana 2023

The Global Environment Facility of the Small Grant Programme at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP GEF-SGP) has announced the 2023 “call for proposals” to award small grants of up to US$50,000 to non-governmental organizations, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and community groups. It supports new approaches that are strategic, and impactful, and will strengthen initiatives aimed at increasing resilience, ensuring the inclusion of the most vulnerable groups (women, youth, and persons with disabilities), reduction of inequality and gender disparities whiles protecting natural resources.

The 2023 grant award seeks to:

  • promote innovative solutions as well as traditional/local knowledge to safeguard the global environment;
  • systematically develop capacity and platforms among local communities, civil society groups, and other stakeholders as a key driver for environmental sustainability;
  • focus on maximizing global environmental benefits (i.e, key biodiversity areas, clean technologies, etc.) through working with communities to revegetate the Black Volta landscape while developing local livelihood enterprises;
  • strengthen and expand partnerships, particularly with government/policymakers and the private sector as well as GEF and non-GEF programs, for scaling up and sustainability.

Priority Geographic Focus: Ghana: Black Volta Basin Districts

Who can apply for the GEF Small Grant Programme in Ghana?

  • be non-governmental or non-profit organizations with a legal mandate to operate in Ghana;
  • be community groups/community-based organizations, and social enterprise organizations recognized by the relevant municipal/district authorities;
  • have relevant experience and proven records of working with communities and groups in environmental, forestry, and/or agricultural-related activities and should be based or already have a working presence in the respective priority geographical areas;
  • be the lead organization that should propose a plan of engaging governments, research institutes, communities, media, and other key stakeholders. University/research institutes can be engaged for the baseline analysis.

What does the Small Grant Programme focus on?

At the community level, the grant will complement the Ghana Government and the UNDP efforts and target strategic initiatives that will promote integrated approaches in addressing key global environmental issues. The priority activities to be funded will include:

Community-based conservation of threatened ecosystems and species

The grants will focus on the sustainability of Indigenous and Communities Conserved Areas (ICCAs) (sacred groves), community plantations and woodlots, private protected areas, corridors, buffer zones, and CREMAs. The grant will seek to promote the sustainable use of biodiversity by utilizing ecotourism processing of biodiversity products, food security, sustainable commodity value chain, and others. Support would be given towards making the existing CREMAs move beyond aid. The grant will facilitate partnership for the effective utilization of the resources under the public-private sector partnership.

Sustainable agriculture and fisheries, leading to food security.

The grant seeks to build on the innovative climate-smart agroecology to support sustainable and ecological agricultural production which provides food security, nutrition, and health benefits in addition to secure and sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers, cooperatives, and artisanal fishers. The project should link local producers with better markets (national and international) sources and promote the use of certification systems, and eco-labeling as the means. It should contribute to the greening of supply chains for local products as well as the generation of value addition for local producers. These initiatives should contribute to increasing ecological connectivity, reducing forest fragmentation, and improving forest biodiversity values at landscape levels. It should promote good management practices in community smallholder forestry and agroforestry and trees on farmlands and develop sound local level land management policy with the view to increasing agriculture resilience to climate change.

Low Carbon Energy Access Co-benefits

The grant will focus on grassroots energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions that can help meet the increasing demand for energy in a sustainable manner, while at the same time generating multiple co-benefits contributing to the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). It will support the mainstreaming of eco-certification sustainable woodfuel production and efficient renewable energy technologies within the landscape for improved livelihood. The approach in this initiative should be directed at providing access to affordable modern energy services necessary for development while safeguarding environmental and social benefits.

Local to Global Coalitions for Chemicals and Waste Management

The grant will focus its support on plastics/solid waste management and will seek to establish systems of local certification of organic producers in vegetables through producer-consumer agreements and eventually graduating to national government policy that will influence markets. It will seek to promote alternatives to mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining by popularizing the community mining concept as a model for small-scale gold mining in Ghana. Activities will include support for innovative, affordable, and practical solutions to chemicals and waste management in a joint effort with partners including government agencies, research institutions, private sector, and international agencies.

How to apply for the GEF Small Grant Programme in Ghana?

Call for proposals are open from the date of this advertisement until the close of work on April 28, 2023. Only successful applicants would be notified. For any further information, please send a request to or ; or write directly to The National Coordinator, UNDP GEF-SGP, P. O. Box 1423, Accra. Tel/WhatsApp. +2330505740909.

For more information on the open calls for proposals visit: UNDP-GEF Small Grant Program Calls for Proposals 2023

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About the author

Amrita Tamang

Amrita is a graduate student in International Relations and Diplomacy with a keen interest to work in the field of the humanitarian and development sectors. She has years of experience and knowledge in proposal writing, report writing, and data analysis. She now uses her acquired skills to contribute to research in the development sector.

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