The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP)
The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) has been working in Jamaica since the programme’s official launch in 2005. GEF SGP provides grant funding to community based organizations and non-governmental organizations to help them protect the environment, adapt to the challenges posed by climate change and generate sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable communities across the island.
The programme is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by UNDP on behalf of the GEF partnership, and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). GEF-SGP has supported over 70 projects across a number of parishes in Jamaica. Projects include rainwater harvesting, sustainable agriculture, land management and watershed protection, renewable energy and biodiversity conservation.
One GEF SGP grantee in Jamaica, the Jeffrey Town Farmers Association, has achieved, national, regional and global recognition as the recipient of numerous awards including Jamaica’s Michael Manley Award for Community Self Reliance and an award for their community radio programming at the Caribbean Agri-Media Awards.
Some Programme Achievements
- More than 110 projects funded so far
- GEF SGP grantee in Jamaica, the Jeffrey Town Farmers Association, has achieved global recognition as a ecipient of the prestigious UNDP Equator Prize in 2014 - a global award which recognizes and advances local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.
- Strengthened partnerships by forming alliances with government agencies, civil society organizations, communities, academic and research institutions, and donors, which allow the projects to achieve its goals and are beneficial to all parties