National co-ordinator for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Small Grants Program, D. Alexander Stewart shared with Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Freeport on Thursday a number of the programs spreadheaded by GEF.

In an interview Stewart told The Freeport News that the Small Grants Program which was implemented by the United Nations provides funding for environmental groups, and civil society organization of up to $50,000 to undertake environmental projects in their community.

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At present, he said, they have given funds to the Friends of the Environment in Grand Bahama and Eco Fishing Camp Association in West End and they are looking for more organizations to provide grants to.

This organization has been around since 2009 and is headquartered in Nassau.

However, they are interested in getting more organizations in Grand Bahama to become part of their out reach.

According to their website, GEF provide grants to various types of projects ranging from several thousand dollars to several million dollars.

For their Full Sized Programs they offer over $1 million. These project concepts may be developed by governments, non-governmental organizations, communities, the private sector, or other civil society entities, and must respond to both national priorities and GEF focal area /LDCF/SCCF strategies and objectives, and must satisfy eligibility requirements under the Conventions.

Project proponents work closely with national GEF Operational Focal Points (who formally endorse project concepts) and the GEF Agency, to develop concepts and move through the project cycle. FSPs are subject to (link;node/1736 text=project review criteria;) and are approved by the GEF Council.

The Medium Sized Programs are for projects up to $1 million and offers opportunities for a broad range of programming that is typically smaller in scale than full-sized projects and follow expedited procedures for their approval.

Funding such projects increases GEF flexibility in allocating its resources and encourages a wide-range of stakeholders to propose and develop project concepts. MSPs are limited to a maximum of $1 million in GEF and SCCF funds and $ 2 million in LDCF funds. Their approval is delegated by the Council to the CEO, and it is subject to Project Review Criteria , similar to FSPs. Following CEO approval, the project document will be approved by the Agency following its own procedures, followed by the start of project implementation.