Fund for Local Cooperation

The Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) is a funding instrument managed by Finnish Embassies in eligible countries to support sustainable development cooperation efforts by civil society, mainly local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community-based Organisations (CBOs), and the private sector. Projects must support Finland’s Development Policy (2016) goals. The Embassy of Finland in Lebanon manages the local cooperation fund for Lebanon, at this time the funding is not available for Syria or Jordan.

Finland’s Development Policy Goals

The projects must support Finland’s Development Policy (2016) goals to eradicate extreme poverty and reduce inequality. The policy cross-cutting objectives, including strengthening the rights of the most vulnerable, promoting gender equality, and improving climate change preparedness and mitigation, should be integrated into the project, with an emphasis on the most relevant aspects for the given theme and context.


Applicants should be registered civil society organizations (non-governmental organizations, independent media, or community based organizations, chambers of commerce, business associations or trade promotion agencies). See the attachments for further details.

FLC cannot support

Activities of government, ministries, municipalities, unregistered associations or organizations, individual businesses, activities of a political party, basic research, charity or humanitarian aid, international non-governmental organizations or cultural events. As a rule, the FLC does not support infrastructure projects.

The call for proposals for FLC in 2019 is now open (Opens New Window)