Fund for Local Cooperation in 2020-2021

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 2020, the priority of the LFC managed by the Embassy in Bangkok is to support projects in the Southern provinces of Thailand, particularly under the following themes:

  • Protection of children from armed violence

  • Participation of the civil society, particularly the youth, in local initiatives supporting social cohesion 

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 also 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 2020, the Embassy has a budget of EUR 50,000 for FLC in Southern Thailand which the Embassy foresees granting to 1−2 projects, each for a duration of max. 2 years. The Embassy calls interested organizations meeting the above criteria to submit their proposals to the Embassy by 31 May 2020 via email to [email protected] (titled “Fund for Local Cooperation”). Proposals should include a concept note describing the project plan, activities, result indicators and an initial budget. The Embassy may request further information from shortlisted organizations. You may also address any general inquiries to the said email address.