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Embassy of Finland, Cairo: Development cooperation: LCF in Egypt


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11211 Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
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Local Cooperation Fund (LCF) in Egypt

There is currently no call for proposals open at the Embassy of Finland. Please follow this website for information on future calls and see the requirements of the previous call for 2016 below.

Announcement for the 2016 call for project proposals

Planning an intervention - Participatory planning is a highly promoted principle of successful development
Planning an intervention - Participatory planning is a highly promoted principle of successful development

The Embassy of Finland in Cairo supports Egyptian civil society initiatives for development through the Local Cooperation Fund (LCF).

Please note, that based on new guidelines by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the application process and documentation has been amended compared to previous calls.

All changes have been incorporated in the text below and in the newly developed guidelines for applicants.


The LCF is one of the Finnish development cooperation instruments and aims at supporting the civil society to participate in the development process of Egypt. The LCF has been operating in the Embassy since 2003. The Embassy team is happy to confirm that this support will continue this year through this call. Please find hereunder general information on what organizations are eligible for support and how to apply for the 2016 call for proposals.

There will be only one call for proposals for the available 2016 LCF budget, but a second call will likely be launched towards the end of this year to gather proposals that will be financed from the 2017 budget.

Organisations that are familiar with the Embassy's calls for proposals will notice that the formats, process and conditions have changed as compared to previous years. In order to assist interested organisations, we have developed detailed Guidelines for Applicants that can be downloaded at the bottom of this webpage.

The Guidelines for Applicants provide all practical information and guidance for completing your application successfully. The instructions also provide applicants with information on the selection process and assessment criteria for the received proposals and shortlisted organisations. It is therefore recommended to consult the Guidelines and other supporting documents available in the download section before applying for LCF support.

Focal Areas for 2016 support

  • Projects promoting and facilitating access to education for girls and young women, including women/girls of the refugee population in Egypt.
  • Projects supporting women's participation in elections and enhancing the role of women in community leadership.

Who is eligible to apply?

The LCF is available for Egyptian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other local non-profit civil society actors, such as: science and research institutions, foundations, independent media, cultural institutes and non-for-profit social enterprises. Applying organizations need to submit proof of registration with the Egyptian authorities.

The LCF cannot be used for supporting activities of the national or local government and political parties, Finnish institutions or organizations, projects in which the beneficiary is a single person or private business, or projects serving purely religious or charity purposes.

However, the Embassy does encourage civil society organisations to work with the national and/or local government. In all cases, the civil society organisation selected for funding is the Embassy's contractual partner.

What kind of projects can be funded?

The LCF seeks to support projects that put in place support structures or undertake interventions to support the vulnerable groups that are mentioned in the focal areas above. Once-off events such as the organization of a conference are not supported through the LCF.

Every proposal must take into consideration the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) and be designed according to the Result-Based Management (RBM) principles. Guidance notes on HRBA and RBM can be downloaded at the end of this page.

Gender equality, reduction of inequality in society, and climate sustainability are cross cutting themes in the Finnish development policy strategy, and one or more of these themes must be addressed in the proposed project as a binding principle.

When to apply?

Next deadline for submitting applications is 31 August 2016, 17.00h.

One organization can submit maximum two project proposals.

Applications arriving late and applications not completed properly or missing required information cannot be considered for funding.

How to apply?

In order to submit your project proposal to the Embassy, please fill in the project proposal template (in English) and its annexes (3). The documents can be downloaded at the end of this webpage. Before developing the project proposal we recommend applicants to carefully consult the "Guidelines for Applicants" first.

Together with the project proposal and its annexes organizations must submit three additional documents:

  1. Scanned copy of the official registration certificate of the organization in the original language. If the organization has an official translation of the registration certificate available, it can be submitted in addition to the original registration certificate.
  2. Proof of an existing bank account in name of the applying organization in the original language.
  3. Brochure of the organization and/or a link to the organization's website.

All documents should be sent by e-mail to As mentioned above, incomplete applications will not be processed.

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Further Information

Embassy of Finland
3, Abu El Feda Street, 13th Floor
Zamalek, Cairo
Tel: +20-(0)2-2736 3722

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Updated 10/12/2017

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