The Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

Global Environment Facility



Grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, forest management, and ozone depletion

Principal Office: International


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a partnership for international cooperation in which over 180 countries work together with international institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector to address global environmental issues.

The GEF is the financial mechanism for five international conventions (Biodiversity; Climate Change; Persistent Organic Pollutants; Mercury; and Desertification) in addition to supporting implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer. The GEF’s program areas are:

  • Biodiversity;
  • Climate change (mitigation and adaptation);
  • Chemicals and waste;
  • International waters;
  • Land degradation;
  • Sustainable forest management; and
  • Ozone depletion.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

The grant-making programs in GEF are many and complex. GEF provides grants to various types of projects ranging from several thousand dollars to several million dollars.

  • Full-Sized Projects — For grants over US$2 million, GEF’s implementing agencies work with an operational focal point in each country to develop project ideas consistent with the country’s priorities, and with GEF’s operational strategy and programs. Full-sized projects have to be approved by GEF’s Council.
  • Medium-Sized Projects — Grants of less than US$2 million are available through expedited procedures that speed processing and implementation. They are intended to encourage a wide variety of interested parties to develop and propose project concepts.
  • Enabling Activities — The GEF finances capacity-building activities under the conventions on biodiversity, climate change, and persistent organic pollutants. The GEF provides grants for developing plans, strategies, programs, and reports in support of the relevant conventions.
  • Programmatic Approach — This framework connects GEF with the private sector, aid donors, and the scientific community in programs that integrate global environmental objectives into national and regional strategies. A program usually contains several projects to foster increased horizontal and vertical integration.
  • Small Grants – The GEF’s Small Grants Program provides NGOs and community organizations with grants of up to US$50 thousand in GEF’s thematic areas. The Small Grants Program is implemented by the United Nations Development Program.  (Note: The Terra Viva Grants Directory includes the SGP in our profile of the UNDP).


About types of projects

APPLICATION:   Any individual or group in a GEF member country may propose a project. Project concepts can be developed by governments, NGOs, communities, the private sector, and other civil society entities. The project must reflect national or regional priorities, and it must have the support of the country or countries in which the project will be implemented.

GEF’s operational focal points administer the in-country coordination of GEF’s projects. Grant seekers begin by contacting the country’s operational focal point to verify that project ideas will be eligible for GEF’s consideration. They subsequently prepare a Project Identification Form in close coordination with one of GEF’s partner agencies.

Many projects begin with a project preparation grant. Project ideas that meet initial criteria are submitted for further processing, depending on the type of grant requested. Larger projects are reviewed by GEF’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel and, when appropriate, the secretariats of the relevant conventions.

How to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

GEF’s member developing countries are identified below in the regional geographical structure of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.

Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam

East Asia: China, Mongolia, North Korea

South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Eurasia and Central Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Eastern Europe and Russia: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine

Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen

Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Dem Rep of Congo, Djbouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Latin America and Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela


Projects and programs are designed and carried out in partnership with several international agencies for project implementation. The GEF is in process of accrediting additional project agencies.

GEF’s database of projects can be searched by country, focal area, operational program, dates of project approval, and project size.

The GEF works through operational focal points in each country.

The GEF-CSO Network is an important link between the GEF and civil society organizations around the world. 

Note: The Terra Viva Grants Directory offers a separate profile of the French program of the GEF, which adheres to the same GEF program areas, but is managed by French institutions.

Last Profile Review

 November 2016