The Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) at the Representative Office of Finland is an instrument of Finnish development cooperation. The FLC support is channelled through local civil society organizations to complement the bilateral development cooperation of Finland with the Palestinian Authority. Finland’s goal for development cooperation in Palestine is to support Palestinian state building and contribute a peaceful, negotiated two-state solution. Through the FLC instrument, Finland aims to support the participation of the civil society in the peace and development process.
The Representative Office of Finland is now calling for applications from Palestinian non-governmental organisations for a grant to support a development project to be implemented in 2019-2020. The deadline for applications is 14 March 2019.
This call for project proposals is looking for a project to enhance the rights and status of women with the focus on women, peace and security.
The supported project should target at least one of the following expected outcomes:
Women play a more meaningful role in conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding.
Women and girls receive better protection, their rights are better safeguarded, and their needs are better met during conflicts.
The project should apply a human rights based approach and results based management principles. The project should also take into account the cross cutting objectives of Finnish development policy: strengthening the rights of the most vulnerable, promoting gender equality and improving climate change preparedness and mitigation.
Eligible applicants should be registered Palestinian non-governmental entities (such as national NGOs, community based organisations, research institutions, or think tanks) operating in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and/or Gaza. The funds cannot support activities of political parties or unregistered organisations. More information on eligibility criteria is available in Attachment D.
Legal and Normative Context
The FLC is governed by Finnish legislation, particularly the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001), Finnish legislation on procurement and the FLC Internal Instructions (6/2014) of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Finland. The Internal Instructions set out the main principles concerning eligibility criteria for partners and use of the FLC funds. The local partners implementing FLC projects must abide by the relevant local legislation.
How to Apply
Interested organisations should submit applications to the Representative Office of Finland by Thursday, 14 March 2019, 16:00 hours. Organisations must use the application form in Attachment A.
The application form should be accompanied by a project plan, including the project's results chain or framework example in Attachment E and a detailedbudget (in euros) example in Attachment F.
The office will select one new project to be funded in 2019-2020. The available budget for the two-year period is 60 000 euros.
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “FLC proposal”. For further information, please contact the Representative Office of Finland, tel. 02-242 0340 or through the above mentioned email address.
Eligible applications must meet the compulsory requirements of the assessment criteria described in Attachment B. The final selection will be made based on a competitive scoring and a visit to the shortlisted organisation to assess the applicant organisation's financial and administrative capacity, as described in Attachment C.
More information is available in the attachments.
Attachments to the Call for Project Proposals: