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News, 3/31/2017

Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) in Belarus 2017

The Finnish Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) is a fund managed by the Embassy of Finland in Lithuania. The fund supports initiatives of local non-governmental organisations.

The FLC helps Belarussian civil society actors to carry out well-targeted projects with a clear goal and sustainable outcome in the field of human rights, democracy and good governance. The approach is to establish partnerships with a limited number of organisations instead of supporting one-time activities like workshops or seminars.

The general objectives of the Finnish development policy are: promotion of gender equality, reduction of inequality, promotion of climate sustainability, human rights, openness, coherence and quality with sustainable results. Any project funded from FLC can´t be contradictory to these objectives, but should support them in the local context. More information on Finnish development policy can be found behind the following link:

Priority areas for projects in Belarus 2017-20 are 1) fight against corruption and 2) empowering girls and women.   

Criterion for Eligibility:

-          The organisation(s) in question should have a genuine, credible domestic basis; the proposed programme should not be launched or fully financed by the donor.

 -          Activities proposed should reach a large audience and have potential for a broad impact.

 -          Prospective applicants must provide detailed information on their organization.

The incoming applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

-          Past experiences of projects with similar focus

-          Specific, achievable and relevant objectives of the project

-          Clarity on the main beneficiaries

-           Effective and efficient use of the funds - the organization needs to demonstrate   in the budget proposal that the funds will be used effectively to reach the specified objectives

-            Innovative approaches to solve problems

-            Sustainability of the results. The organization needs to indicate clearly how the impact of the project will be sustainable after the funding from the Embassy of Finland has finished

-            Overall openness is important. The projects have to be registered in Belarus.

The Fund does not support activities of political parties, public institutions, activities of unregistered organisations, projects in which the beneficiary is a single person or a single family or purely charity purposes.

The Fund is designed to support projects. It is not intended to support operating expenses of organisations. The administrative costs for the project must be reasonable.

How to Apply

Applicants must provide the preliminary information (recommended to use the application form attached).

 Information on the applicant:

  1. Name of the organization:
  2. Address:
  3. Telephone:
  4. Email:
  5. Director (person in charge):
  6. Telephone: Office
  7. Telephone: mobile:
  8. Description of the organization:
  9. Official status of the organization (including the registration number and date):
  10. Location:
  11. Number of members:
  12. Number of full-time employees:
  13. Financing sources of the organization:
  14. Description of the key activities of the organization:

Information on the proposed project

The applicant should provide a full Project Proposal which covers at least the following issues:

  1. The reason for launching the project
  2. The previous experience of the organisation in the same sector and the same theme
  3. The existing financing from other agencies
  4. The objective of the project
  5. The description of the approach: how the project intends to create changes, what methods would be used, how different social groups and interests would be taken into consideration.
  6. Description of the activities
  7. Target group. The relation of the organisation with the target group.
  8. Expected results (as concrete as possible)
  9. Risks
  10. Schedule for the programme and each task
  11. Inputs
  12. Budget in detail (unit costs included; salary costs detailed; payment schedule unless included in the contract).
  13. Description of the personnel involved.
  14. Monitoring arrangements. Reporting schedule. Auditing arrangements

 Additional Information

The Embassy of Finland reserves the right to accept or reject project proposals. Project duration is limited up to approximately one year. The Embassy has a right to evaluate and audit a project at any time; the organisation responsible for the project has to make all required documentation available for the evaluation/audit if asked.

Application and possible attachments have to be written in English. The budget has to be submitted in euros. Only complete applications will be considered.

The Agreement with the Embassy of Finland has to be signed and stamped by an authorised representative of the organisation.

The accounting of the activities supported is to be ensured. No further funding can be provided to any organisation until it has provided an approved accounting report regarding any previous funding.

Applications must be sent by email to Deadline for submitting applications: Tuesday, May 2nd 2017 by 12:00. Project proposals after deadline will not be considered. All applicants will be informed to the email indicated in the application when a final decision is made.

FLC application form 2017

Additional information will be provided by: Ms. Olga Rizmakova, project assistant, e-mail; mob.: +375 296 434 818 or Ms. Maria Ågren, Deputy Head of Mission, e-mail and tel. +370 5 266 80 10.

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