Seven Steps to Apply for an SGP Grant

National and local NGOs and CBOs may propose projects for grant support by SGP. The procedures for project proposal screening and approval are generally as follows:

  1. The project proponent contacts the SGP National Coordinator (in the local UNDP country office or in the host NGO) to receive project application guidelines and forms.
  2. With assistance from the National Coordinator and using the standard SGP format, the proponent prepares a brief project concept paper and submits this to the coordinator.
  3. The national coordinator reviews and pre-screens the concept paper according to GEF criteria and criteria adopted by the NSC for activities in that country.
  4. If the project is judged eligible, the project proponent prepares a project proposal; in some cases, this step may be supported by a planning grant.
  5. Completed project proposals are submitted by the National Coordinator or the NSC.
  6. The NSC reviews the proposal and either accepts it, rejects it, or returns it to the proposer with a request that further work be done on formulating and refining the project data.
  7. Approved proposals enter the national SGP work programme. SGP grants are usually paid in three installments: an up-front payment to initiate the project; a mid-term payment upon receipt of a satisfactory progress report; and a final payment on receipt of a satisfactory project completion and final report.
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