The Finnish development policy and development cooperation pursue a human rights based approach to development. The aim is that everyone, including the poorest people, knows their rights and are able to act for their rights. The priority objectives of the Finnish development policy are:
Any activities or projects should be underpinned by the three cross-cutting objectives: gender equality, reduction of inequality and climate sustainability. Activities are designed on the basis of partner countries’ needs, Finnish know-how and strengths, as well as on the basis of the global division of labour in the development community.
Funds for Local Cooperation (FLCs) of the Embassy 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.
The objectives of the Embassy´s FLC Programme are to promote peace, stability, democracy, Rule of Law and human rights broadly in the Middle East. The goal of the FLC Programme therefore is to support the building of trust between Israelis and Palestinians for the benefit of these long-term goals.
This Call for Project Proposals is looking for projects to contribute to the following outcomes of the FLC Programme:
1. Building of trust between Israeli and Palestinian youth
2. Empowerment of women and girls
3. Support for the stable development of society, incl. through human rights and Rule of Law development, and/or environmental protection.
The beneficiaries of the Embassy´s FLC Programme are Palestinians and the nature of supported projects is border-crossing.
The FLCs are governed by Finnish legislation, particularly the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (68872001), 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.
Local agencies/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 Embassy accepts applications once a year. Applications for funding in 2017 will be accepted from Wednesday 1 March to Friday 31 March, closing at noon on 31 March. Late applications will not be accepted. Please see instructions below. Applications should be sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Embassy is planning to fund 2-4 projects in 2017. A usual amount of a grant will be 15 000 – 40 000 €. Length of projects can exceed until 2018.
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 competitive scoring, the Embassy wuill select the best 1-3 application from each sector / theme for final selection.
For those applications accepted for final selection, the Embassy 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 Embassy may also reject applications for budgetary reasons, because of the financial limits of the Embassy ´s FLC Programme. Based on the competitive scoring results, the Embassy 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.
Ms. Niina Nykänen
Deputy Head of Mission