The Embassy of Finland announces appeal for applications for projects to be funded from the Local Cooperation Fund in 2019.

Країна: Фінляндія;

Дедлайн: 28.02.2019




The Finnish Local Cooperation Fund (LCF) is a fund administered by the Embassy of Finland in Kyiv.

The LCF is aimed at supporting local (Ukrainian) non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

In some cases also other types of organizations can be considered eligible, including educational and research institutions, independent media, and cultural organizations.

In every case, the project must be qualified as official development assistance (ODA) and fit within the outlines of the official development policy of Finland:

The objective of the LCF is to support strong and active civil society organizations, which is an important component of functioning democracy and open society.


2-3 projects will be chosen to receive financing from the Embassy's Local Cooperation Fund  2019.

The budget for a proposed project must not exceed € 50 000, but it should also not be less than € 20 000.

Note that each year we receive multiple times more applications than we can fund. Competition is high. Therefore we recommend you to carefully read the instructions and prepare your proposal well. We particularly appreciate clear articulation of the project's purpose and intended impact.

If the project budget exceeds € 20 000, the organization must include an independent audit. It is recommended to include its costs in the project budget.

The Embassy does not provide funding for projects where the Finnish LCF is the sole source of funding.

The project proposed must have the potential for real and measurable impact.

The projects proposed are typically for one year, but must be completed latest by November 2020.

The types of project:

This year, the priority area for the LCF projects funded in Ukraine is the following:

Developing innovative and non-formal learning environment for children and youth threatened by social exclusion

If you propose a project unrelated to the mentioned priority area, you can still submit a proposal but we recommend you to be particularly prudent with presenting the case for your proposal.                   

The following kinds of projects are not eligible for the LCF of the Embassy of Finland in Kyiv:

  • Projects implemented by Government, ministries or local authorities.
  • Projects of political parties.
  • Projects where the beneficiary is one person, one family, or private business.
  • Projects exclusively or typically of charity.
  • Organizing a single event, for example cultural or charity-related, or a conference.
  • Humanitarian assistance (funding for that has established channels).
  • UN, OSCE, or other international organizations, international NGOs (INGOs), or Finnish NGOs. (These types of organizations apply and receive funding from the headquarters in Helsinki.) The local (Ukrainian) partners and implementing agencies, however, are eligible.
  • Projects that take place in areas currently out of the control of the Ukrainian Government.
  • Personal grants for individual persons.
  • Loan programs.
  • Purchase of vehicles, land, or real estate.
  • Projects where the main purpose is a trip to Finland or another foreign country.

Selection criteria

The Embassy of Finland underlines the importance of preparing a high-quality project application.

The applicants must demonstrate capacity and professionalism for the kind of work they propose to be funded by the Embassy. The capacity and professionalism should be reflected in the quality and clarity of the proposal. The most important selection criteria are the relevance and quality of the proposal.

When selecting among the applications for funding, the Embassy seeks to keep a balance between the priority fields as well as a geographical balance of activities within Ukraine.

We also seek to maintain a balance between the recipients, so for example if your organization received the LCF in one of the recent years, while you are fully eligible to apply, we may opt for giving the chance for a new partner. One partner can be funded for two subsequent years at maximum. Otherwise, partners with whom we have good experience from past cooperation are very welcome to reapply.

Check the following criteria for better success in application:

  • The applicant needs to be eligible for the LCF.
  • The project needs to qualify for ODA and particularly for the LCF.
  • The project's main purpose, activities and expected results must be clearly articulated.
  • The project's objectives should be realistic.
  • There should be adequate indicators to measure the results.
  • Costs need to be clearly assessed, and realistic.
  • The beneficiaries of the project and their needs need to be defined.
  • There should be a realistic risk analysis: what could go wrong?
  • The expected long-term effects of the project should be explicated.
  • The activities of the partner and the project should be sustainable.
  • Gender and other kinds of equality and inclusiveness need to be taken into consideration in the project.


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