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, community-based organisations and other institutions in Belarus.
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 not 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 of the FLC in Belarus in 2016 are fight against corruption, disabled people, gender equality and entrepreneurship. The Embassy prefers to focus on projects with the cost of share of around 15 000 euro.
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 proposed budget that the funds will be used effectively to reach the specified objectives
- Innovative approaches to solve problems in the community
- 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 cannot support activities of political parties, activities of unregistered organisations, projects in which the beneficiary is a single person or a single family, purely charity purposes or Finnish beneficiaries. 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 following preliminary information on the applicant and the project in their applications.
Information on the applicant
Information on the proposed project
The applicant should provide a full Project Proposal which covers at least the following issues:
The Embassy of Finland reserves the right to accept or reject project proposals. Project duration is limited up to 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 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 and possible further enquiries can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applicants will be informed to the email indicated in the application when a final decision is made.
Deadline for submitting applications: Monday, March 7th 2016 by 10:00. Project proposals after deadline will not be considered.
Additional information will be provided by: Ms. Maria Ågren, Deputy Head of Mission, e-mail email@example.com and tel. +370 5 266 80 10 or. Ms. Olga Rizmakova, project coordinator, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; mob.: +375 296 434 818