Fund for Local Cooperation

We are announcing a call for project proposals in the Republic of Moldova under the Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) of the Embassy of Finland in Bucharest.


Objective of the Fund for Local Cooperation

The FLC of the Embassy of Finland is an instrument of Finnish development cooperation. The FLC is channeled through the local civil society organizations to complement the bilateral development cooperation of Finland, towards poverty reduction and participation of the civil society in the development process. Read more about Finnish development policy and cooperation.

The goal of Finland’s development policy is the eradication of poverty and inequality and the promotion of sustainable development. Cross-cutting objectives of the Finnish development policy, including gender equality, non-discrimination, climate resilience and low emission development are required to be integrated to all projects funded by Finland, emphasizing those aspects that benefit most in the local context.

The FLC is geared towards local civil society actors to carry out well-targeted projects with a clear goal and sustainable outcome. The Embassy’s FLC has been operating in the Republic of Moldova since 2008.

Award amounts will range from 25,000€–50,000€. Project duration is normally limited up to one year.

The Fund in the Republic of Moldova has two priority areas in 2019:

1. Support to strengthening the capacity of individuals and authorities to promote human rights of people with disabilities, including

  • respect for inherent dignity and individual autonomy
  • non-discrimination and equal, full and effective participation and inclusion in society, including gender equality
  • respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
  • equality of opportunity and accessibility
  • respect for the evolving capacities of children.

2.  Support to the freedom of expression and media diversity, including

  • promotion of transparency, access to information, accountability and public participation
  • enhancing critical thinking and media literacy, including in the use of social media.

Eligibility and Procedure for Application

Legally registered non-governmental organizations in the Republic of Moldova, whose objectives and activities are in line with the thematic priority areas and who have relevant and solid experience in implementing similar projects, are eligible to apply.

Projects can be carried out only by local civil society organizations in the Republic of Moldova. The Fund cannot be used for supporting activities of the government, ministries, municipalities or political parties, projects in which the beneficiary is a single person or private business, projects serving purely religious or charity purposes, microfinance, or for Finnish or other non-Moldovan organisations.

Prospective applicants must provide detailed information on their organization. Activities proposed should be sustainable, reach a large audience (direct and indirect) and have potential for a broad impact and replicability. Organisations submitting a project proposal 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.

The proposed project should not be fully financed by the donor; the fund can not be used for core funding and the organisation must show its capability to run day-by-day activities.

Detailed information regarding the proposed project should be provided by filling the Embassy`s application form. Please find the application form as well as further information on the procedures for applying for FLC from the following links:

Application form for FLC 2019 (Word)

Fund for Local Cooperation: Guidelines for the Partner Organisations (pdf)

Additional information

The Embassy of Finland reserves the right to accept or reject project proposals.

All applicants use the same application form in order to guarantee that all key facts are presented and to allow for better comparability. Only complete applications will be considered. The project proposal should be submitted in English.

The applications are evaluated based on the following assessment criterias:

Assessment criteria for FLC Applications (pdf)

Checklist for the assessment of financial and administrative capacity of Organisation applying FLC (pdf)

The Embassy may ask further clarifications from the shortlisted organisations/proposals. In addition, shortlisted organizations will be asked to provide past year's annual accounts, financial statement and other relevant information to the Embassy. All applicants will be contacted.

Applications and possible further inquiries can be sent via email to [email protected]

Deadline for submitting applications: Friday 15th of March 2019 by 16:00 hrs (UTC +2). Project proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered.