The Finnish Fund for Local Cooperation is a fund managed by the Embassy of Finland in Damascus. The fund supports initiatives of local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community-based Organisations (CBOs), and other institutions in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.
The objective of the fund is to complement other Finnish development efforts in the field of human rights, democracy and good governance, and strengthen the civil society in particular. In addition the fund provides support to cultural and social development activities at small-scale.
The approach is to establish longer-term partnerships with a limited number of organisations instead of supporting one-time activities, workshops, seminars, etc.
The organisation(s) in question should have a genuine, credible domestic basis; the proposed programme should not be launched or fully financed by the donor community.
Activities proposed should reach a large audience and have potential for a broad impact.
The Embassy of Finland reserves the right to accept or reject project proposals. The Embassy has a right to evaluate and audit a project at any time; the organisation responsible for the project will then make all required documentation available for the evaluation/audit.
The Agreement for paying the grant by the Embassy of Finland has to be signed by an authorised representative of the receiving organisation or individual(s).
The accounting of the activities supported is to be ensured. No further funding can be provided to any organisation until it has provided an approved accounting report regarding any previous funding.
If the annual payments for a project exceed 20 000 EUR, the organisation responsible for the project shall commission an authorized audit on the project.
The projects that the Embassy supports in 2011 have been selected. As for the year 2012, the application deadline will be 15 September 2011.
If you wish to apply for the Embassy's support, please fill in the application form below.
LCF - Application Form (rtf, 72kB)