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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:


Biological Diversity

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Land Degradation

Sustainable Forest Management

International Waters