Fund for Local Cooperation in 2023-2024
The Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) is a fund administered by the Embassy of Finland in Bangkok. The instrument is primarily used to support initiatives of local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), but funding can also be provided to science and technology communities, universities and other educational and research institutions, independent media, public corporations and cultural institutions (e.g. museums, libraries and theatres), chambers of commerce and commercial associations, organisations in the area of export and investment promotion, businesses, cooperatives, interest groups of companies and employees, foundations and religious organisations.
In Cambodia, the Embassy is currently prioritizing projects related to protection of human rights defenders, and promotion of good governance and democracy. FLC serves the Embassy as an important tool to broaden its networks and increase its impact in key areas of Finland’s foreign and development policy. The aim is to establish partnerships with a limited number of organizations. Funding proposals will be assessed based on their relevance to local needs and priorities, and taking into account the relevance of a project in relation to the vision and the mission of the applying organization. The funding from FLC is project-based and as a principle, the Embassy prioritizes projects with a long-term impact over once off activities such as seminars or similar events. In assessing funding proposals, the Embassy also takes into account the level of professionalism demonstrated by the applicant, including proven record of sound financial administration and cooperation with international partners.
For any inquiries, please approach the Embassy via email to [email protected]
CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS
In 2023, the Embassy has a budget of approx. EUR 100,000 for FLC in Cambodia, which the Embassy foresees granting to 1−3 projects (max. EUR 100,000 each), each for a duration of max. 2 years. The Embassy calls interested organizations meeting the criteria defined on this page to submit their proposals to the Embassy by September 30, 2023 via email to [email protected] (titled “Fund for Local Cooperation in Cambodia”).
The expected outcomes of the projects are:
- Promoting a rights-based approach to development in Cambodia.
- Supporting the development of an active and impactful local civil society including human rights defenders.
The proposals should consist of the following:
- Cover letter addressed to the Embassy, dated and signed by an authorized representative of the organization.
- Basic information of the organization, including full contact details, legal status, description of activities, financing sources (fund-raising and donors).
- Project plan, including the name, description and timeline of the project and its activities, a needs assessment and a detailed result chain or logical framework presentation (reflecting Finland’s overall goals) with a risk analysis element, information on project management and the key project persons, a clear and detailed project budget (including information on any other financing if available), information on previous experience on related projects.
- Most recent annual report and financial statements and/or reports of other similar projects, when relevant.
An annual audit should be conducted on all projects receiving annual payments exceeding EUR 20,000. The partner organization may commission a project audit separately or as a part of the organization´s own full audit. The project budget may include auditing costs as administrative costs, but the total administrative costs for a project shall not exceed 10 %.
The Embassy may request additional information from shortlisted organizations.
Applicants should be legally registered civil society organizations, or other organizations listed above. For those applications shortlisted for final selection, the Embassy will assess the applicant organization's financial and administrative capacity.
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. See attachments for further details on Results Based Management, Human Rights Based Approach to Development and Cross-Cutting Objectives.
FLC Funding cannot be granted:
- To Finnish Non-Governmental Organisations (separate applications through the MFA unit in question)
- For projects of friendship associations in Finland (separate applications through the MFA unit in question)
- To Finnish Government agencies or public bodies (separate applications through the ICI instrument)
- To Finnish municipalities (separate applications through the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities)
- To Finnish businesses
- To the Government, ministries or municipalities of the host country
- To an unregistered association or organisation (however, taking into consideration the special circumstances in the host country)
- To support the activities of a political party
- For basic research
- For single cultural events (that have no permanent development impact)
- For charity
- For humanitarian aid
- In the form of a grant, scholarship or assistance for the applicant’s personal use
- For purchasing land
- To a Fund
- For building the capital of microcredit systems (however, development projects and training are possible)
The FLC projects are, as a rule, not meant to cover the core expenditure of the partner organization.