The Small Grants Programme (SGP), on Wednesday, granted MVR 7.9 million of aid to local projects which promote renewable energy resources. SGP, which supports innovative sustainable development projects, is implemented in Maldives by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). SGP granted financial assistance to 16 different projects at the awarding ceremony held at Salt Café & Restaurant in the capital city, Male’. The National Coordinator of SGP, Fathimath Saeedha, expressed the importance of SGP’s financial aid and stated that it was imperative that grantees completed their projects. Recently appointed Minister of Environment Dr Hussain Rasheed also spoke at the awarding ceremony stating that the responsibility of safeguarding the environment fell on the shoulders of each and every Maldivian citizen. Dr Rasheed stated that “If we do not fulfil this responsibility, future Maldivians will never forgive us." SGP has granted a total of MVR 36 million to Maldives since 2010 with 44 projects having been carried out. Out of these, 22 have been successfully completed. SGP projects have been carried out in 38 islands of 16 different atolls.