Local Cooperation Fund

Funds for Local Cooperation (FLC) is a part of Finland’s official development co-operation. It is 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. The focus of the funded projects and activities should focus on the goals defined in the Finnish development policy program. Currently, Finland focuses its action on the rights and status of women and girls and comprehensive democratic and sustainable development of the societies.

The Embassy of Finland in Tel Aviv supports cross-border projects by Israeli NGOs and projects where the beneficiaries are Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Funded projects must endorse the peace process, dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and the human rights of Palestinians. 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.

The Embassy of Finland in Tel Aviv is seeking to contribute to the two following outcomes with its FLC Programme:

  • Enhancing possibilities for a two-state solution
  • Building trust between Israel and Palestinian youth

Supported projects also need to:

  • strengthen the rights of the most vulnerable
  • promote gender equality
  • improve climate change preparedness and mitigation

In the years 2019-2020 the Embassy of Finland in Tel Aviv supports the following organizations:

Gisha 40 000€

Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow 40 000€

Peace Now 38 092€

and supports a continuing project of Peres Center for Peace and Innovation with 1908€.

How to apply for funding?

The latest application period for the Funds for Local Cooperation (FLC) was 2-31 January 2019. Applications will be evaluated according to their compliance with the objectives of Finland's development policy and the FLC priorities of the Embassy, as well as the quality and feasibility of the project plan. The quality criteria include a human rights based approach to development cooperation (HRBA) and results-based management (RBM).

For more information, please click on the links below.

Additional information: Deputy Head of Mission Hanna Gehör, hanna.gehor[email protected], tel. +972 3 745 6600.

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