Funds for Local Cooperation (FLCs) of the Mission of Finland are an instrument of Finnish development cooperation. They are channeled through the local civil society organizations to complement the bilateral development cooperation of Finland, towards poverty reduction and participation of the civil society in the development process.
This Call for Project Proposals is looking for projects to contribute to the following outcomes of the FLC Programme:
Projects can aim for either or both of the sought outcomes. Successful projects should also adhere to the cross-cutting themes of Finnish development policy to strengthen the rights of the most vulnerable, promote gender equality, and improve climate change preparedness and mitigation.
The Embassy of Finland can only fund organizations registered in Israel and projects whose beneficiaries are Palestinians in East Jerusalem, West Bank and/or Gaza. The project activities may take place in Israel.
The FLCs are governed by Finnish legislation, particularly the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001), and the FLC Internal Instructions (6/2014) of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Finland. The Internal Instructions set out the main principles concerning eligibility criteria for partners and use of the FLC funds.
The local partners implementing FLC projects must abide by the relevant local legislation. As a rule all projects must be implemented by the local partners themselves, and only small procurements of a maximum of €15.000 from external agents may be allowed. If any procurement of goods or services for the value of over €15.000 is needed, the procurement shall be carried out in compliance with the Finnish legislation on competitive bidding.
Organisations must use the application form in Attachment A. All applicants use the same application form in order to guarantee that all key facts are presented and to allow for better comparability.
The application form should be accompanied by a Project Plan, including the project's results chain or framework and a budget. In case the application concerns core funding, the Project Plan is replaced by the organization's Action Plan and a budget, which indicate the area of activities that will be funded from the FLC grant.
The deadline for applications is 31 January. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the headline LCF: (name of organization).
The total funds available are 120 000€ for a period of two years, which is also the expected project length. The Embassy aims to fund 3-4 projects with 30 000 – 40 000€ funding per project.
Further information can be requested from the Deputy Head of Mission Niina Nykänen at email@example.com and +972 3 745 6600.
Eligible applications must meet the compulsory requirements of the assessment criteria described in Attachment B. Those applications meeting all the compulsory requirements will be submitted for technical assessment. On the basis of a competitive scoring, the Mission will select the best 1-3 applications from each sector / theme for final selection.
For those applications accepted for final selection, the Mission will assess the applicant organization's financial and administrative capacity, as described in Attachment C. The application of an organization failing the assessment will be rejected. The Mission may also reject applications for budgetary reasons, because of the financial limits of the Mission's FLC Programme. Based on the competitive scoring results, the Mission will finally approve the best applications for funding.
FLC Partners are requested to apply key elements of Finnish development policy and quality standards, namely the Results Based Management (RBM), Human Rights Based Approach to Development (HRBA) and Cross-Cutting Objectives (CCOs) in their project plans. They are an important part of the selection criteria for FLC applications, and projects which are assessed as Human Rights blind cannot be funded. If needed, a capacity development plan can be part of the Project Plan for a systematic integration of the quality standards throughout the project cycle.
1. Application Form
2. Assessment Criteria for Applications
3. Assessment of Financial and Administrative Capacity of the Applicant Organization
4. Guidelines on FLCs for Local Partners
5. Example of a Work Plan
6. Example of a Results Framework
7. Example of a Detailed Budget
8. Ethical Code
9. Human Rights Based Approach
10. OECD Development classification
11. Results Based Management (RBC) in Finland´s Development Co-operation