Small Grants Facility

The Small Grants Facility (SGF) is a four-year community-based adaptation pilot project which aims to ensure that vulnerable, rural communities in two project target areas in South Africa (Namakwa District in the Northern Cape and Mopani District in Limpopo) have reduced vulnerability and increased resilience to the anticipated impacts of climate variability and change.

The SGF is a project piloting a small granting mechanism known as enhanced direct access, which allows civil society organisations to access climate finance to implement locally relevant adaptation projects at the community level in at least one of the three investment windows: Climate-Smart Agriculture, Climate-Resilient Livelihoods and Climate-Proof Settlements.

The SGF is funded by the Adaptation Fund, implemented by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) as the National Implementing Entity (NIE), and executed by SouthSouthNorth Trust (SSNT) as the Executing Entity. The SGF is locally facilitated in the Districts by Conservation South Africa (CSA) as the Namakwa Facilitating Agency and CHoiCe Trust as the Mopani Facilitating Agency. The project is endorsed by the Department of Environmental Affairs as the National Designated Authority (NDA) and is locally supported by the Namakwa and Mopani District Municipalities.



Policies and Guidelines: 

AF Environmental & Social Policy

Grievance Procedure

Appeal procedure for SGF proposals


Additional Resources: 

SA NIE Community Adaptation SGF

Enhanced Direct Access

Learning from Direct Access Modalities in Africa

What role for local organisations in climate change adaptation? Insights from South Africa