Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) for Kosovo is a development cooperation instrument intended to support civil society organizations. The fund is managed by the Embassy of Finland in Pristina, and the annual budget available is around 150.000 euros for 2016. The FLC is a part of the implementation of the development policy of the Government of Finland and complements other Finnish development efforts.
The Embassy of Finland in Pristina is calling for Concept Notes for development projects to be implemented in 2016, starting at the earliest in March.
The deadline for Notes submission is 23rd of November 2015 at 12.00. By 15th of December, the Embassy’s FLC Committee will notify the successful applicants who will enter the next phase of application. These organizations will be asked to provide the Embassy with the full length application plus annexes.
Components and priority areas
The fund in Kosovo has three components:
1. Support to human development
- promotion of human rights, reconciliation, integration of minorities, gender equality, children’s rights, rights of people with disabilities, enhancing youth employment, improving the status of women and girls
- alleviation of domestic violence and human trafficking
- environmental protection
2. Support to income generating activities
3. Special initiatives supporting the decentralization process
Eligibility and funding
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).
Fund 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 FLC is intended to fund projects. The FLC cannot provide core funding. The average size of a project is from 10 000 to 50 000 euros. In exceptional cases, the funding can even exceed 50 000 euros. The FLC funded projects usually last on average for 12 months.
The Embassy can accept co-funding arrangements. Cost sharing with governmental bodies is encouraged.
Submitting the Concept Note
Please fill the Concept Note template attached below. Please fill only one template per organization.
The contact person responsible for FLC in the Embassy is Jehona Ademaj, Programme Manager. The signed and scanned Concept notes (as pdf) should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Fund for Local Cooperation”.
Please make sure that your email with attachment does not exceed the size of 8 MB. We will confirm with an email when receiving your Concept Notes. Concept Notes submitted after the deadline will be disqualified as well as the concept notes lacking required information in the Concept Note Template.