The GEF Small Grants Programme is a corporate programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). GEF has over 22,000 projects in 127 countries. As an aftermath of the Rio Earth Summit of 1992, GEF Small Grant Programme was launched.

SGP India has been recognized as one of the upgraded country programmes. As an upgraded country programme, SGP India supports vulnerable communities through people-led approaches towards environmental conservation and livelihood enhancement with special focus on thematic areas such as Biodiversity, Climate Change, Land Degradation, International Waters and Persistent Organic Pollutants.

SGP India is being implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The Centre for Environment Education acts as the National Host Institution (NHI) and has been coordinating and facilitating SGP in India since 2000.

443 community based action projects have been supported by SGP. The grants are given to Community Based Organizations and NGO’s for promoting innovation led rural programme that are connected to environment and energy conservation, poverty alleviation, sustainable livelihood, gender mainstreaming and inclusive community empowerment. Till date SGP benefits have reached to more than 600,000 people across India.