The Embassy of Finland in Tel Aviv is currently not accepting applications for Funds for Local Cooperation
Funds for Local Cooperation (FLC) is a part of Finland’s development co-operation, aimed for local civil society actors, to carry out specific projects with clear goals and sustainable outcomes. The FLC supports the overall aims of the development policy of Finland, focusing on the promotion of human rights, democratic and well-functioning societies, sustainable use of natural resources, and support of environmental protection. Any activities or projects should be underpinned by the three cross-cutting objectives set out in our development policy: gender equality, reduction of inequalities and climate sustainability.
The Fund in the Embassy of Finland in Tel Aviv has three priority areas:
- Supporting the peace process through dialogue
- Human rights
Through the FLC funds, the Embassy supports cross-border projects by Israeli non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that benefit Palestinians in the West Bank, incl. East Jerusalem, and Gaza. The funded projects are required to support the peace process, dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and the human rights of Palestinians. The yearly available funds have been around 100 000 euros.
The Embassy accepts applications primarily from Israeli NGOs to implement distinct projects. In certain cases the Embassy can also fund Israeli-Palestinian development projects by Israeli non-profit civil society actors, which meet the set criteria (science and research institutions, foundations, independent media, cultural institutes and non-for-profit social enterprises).
The FLC cannot be used for supporting activities of the government, municipalities, ministries, political parties, private people or businesses, purely religious activities or charity, microloans or Finnish organizations.
Proposals are assessed based on the agreed assessment criteria, coherence with the above-mentioned Finnish development policy and the priority areas of the Embassy. The quality standards include Result Based Management (RBM) and Human Rights Based Approach to Development (HRBA).
Further information can be requested from the Deputy Head of Mission Niina Nykänen, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +972 3 745 6600.
1) E-Waste in the Southern West Bank: Protecting the Environment and Promoting Cooperation
Organization: AJEEC-NISPED (Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation-Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development )
Budget: 60 000€ (2015-2017)
AJEEC-NISPED (Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation-Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development) implements programs that promote social change, Arab-Jewish cooperation, equality and understanding while advancing unmet educational, economic, environmental and health related needs of Israel’s Arab citizens. It has also an active Middle East program, focused on building partnerships in Palestine and in other countries of the region. The broad goal of this project is to create a healthier relationship between Israelis and Palestinians in the area of e-waste disposal and processing, yielding better environmental, health and economic outcomes for all affected populations. It aims to foster an economically viable and ecologically friendly model for the e-waste disposal industry, in which burning is replaced with recycling and Palestinian e-waste processors are empowered to create their own sustainable and profitable enterprises. The project hopes to turn enterprises currently using environmentally damaging burning into enterprises using sustainable recycling.
2) Removing travel restrictions through targeted legal work and by advocating on behalf of women as potential drivers of positive change in society
Budget: 45 000€
Gisha is an Israeli human rights organization promoting freedom of movement for Palestinians living under occupation, specifically in the Gaza Strip. Gisha is the only Israeli organization with a programmatic focus on Gaza. In the project "Removing travel restrictions through targeted legal work and by advocating on behalf of women as potential drivers of positive change in society", Gisha focuses on women - one of Gaza’s underrepresented groups who are uniquely affected by movement restrictions, the separation of Gaza and the West Bank, and lack of access. The goal of the project is to expand opportunities and to advance access for women, primarily to education, profession, or economic opportunities, as well as to the pursuit of family life. Through individual legal assistance, research focused at how movement restrictions affect women, and targeted advocacy highlighting the experiences of women in Gaza, Gisha will aim to remove travel restrictions and expand criteria for travel to and from Gaza.
3) Settlement Watch
Organization: Peace Now
Budget: 50 000€
Peace Now is the largest and longest-standing Israeli movement for public pressure for peace. In the early 1990s, after identifying settlements as one of the largest obstacles to the two-state solution, Peace Now established Settlement Watch, taking upon itself to track and analyze any developments in the settlements and then supply the public with this information. Today Settlement Watch is the only group to comprehensively monitor the expansion and strategies of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The Settlement Watch team is internationally acclaimed for its credibility and reliability and is regularly cited by Israeli and international media, governments, and NGOs.
The overall objective of this project is to increase the likelihood of reaching a two-state solution by seeking to prevent Israeli settlement expansions, which threaten a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Specific objectives include to monitor settlement construction and building plans, educate stakeholders regarding settlement developments and trends and prevent illegal settlement building. Activities of the Settlement Watch project include data collection, data analysis, advocacy, public outreach and legal work.
4) The Twinned Peace Sport Schools: Sport in the Service of Peace
Organization: The Peres Center for Peace
Budget: 45 000€
The Twinned Peace Sport Schools (TPSS) project is the longest running coexistence sports project in the Middle East. It brings together Israeli and Palestinian, as well as Jewish and Arab children in a safe, healthy, and fun environment built on the principles of equality, diversity and respect. Launched in 2002, the project annually engages hundreds of children, boys and girls, aged 6-18. The goal of the program is to 1) promote positive perception change among Israeli and Palestinian children by fostering values of peace and coexistence and changing attitudes toward the ‘other,’ while diffusing stereotypes; and 2) empower Israeli and Palestinian boys and girls to play soccer and increase their self-confidence, thus developing the participants’ cognitive and social skills; fostering understanding and internalization of concepts of sportsmanship and teamwork; and increasing motivation, confidence and leadership skills. Finnish funding enables the participation of forty Palestinian children.