The Embassy of Finland in Cairo supports Egyptian civil society initiatives for development through the Local Cooperation Fund (LCF).
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. Please find hereunder general information on what organizations are eligible for support and how to apply for support.
Projects supported through the LCF must serve Finland’s foreign and security policy objectives. As a development policy instrument, LCF projects must in particular support the goals set for Finland’s development policy: eradication of poverty by means of economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development. The implementation of Finnish development policy is guided by the 2016 Government Report on Development Policy.
Our activities are based on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted within the UN in September 2015. The objective of the LCF is to complement other Finnish development efforts in the Finnish development policy's priority areas.
The focus areas of LCF support are:
Projects supporting the participation of women in the economy and work force through enhancing employability and entrepreneurial skills.
Projects promoting and facilitating access to education for girls and young women, including women/girls of the refugee population in Egypt.
The LCF is available for Egyptian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other local non-profit civil society actors, such as: science and technology communities, universities and other educational and research institutions, independent media, public bodies and cultural institutions (for example, museums, libraries and theatres), chambers of commerce and commercial associations, organisations engaged in the promotion of export and investment, businesses, cooperatives, interest groups of companies and employees, foundations or religious communities. Applying organizations need to submit proof of registration with the relevant Egyptian authorities in accordance with the existing legislation.
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.
Support for research and cultural projects is restricted by a set of criteria applying to the use of development cooperation funds. According to the instructions of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), support for basic research cannot be counted as development aid (= ODA eligibility); to be eligible, a research project must clearly promote economic development and welfare or the building of the actors' capacity in the host country. Support related to culture is accepted as development aid in case the objective is to promote the host country's cultural development or the actors' capacity-building. Supported projects are expected to produce sustainable development impacts (for example, through development activities such as training, or strengthening of capacity). Therefore single cultural events, such as different types of performances or mere exchange of visits cannot be supported from FLCs.
FLC funding cannot be granted:
- to Finnish non-governmental organisations (separate application through the unit in question)
- for projects of friendship associations in Finland (separate application through the unit in question)
- to Finnish government agencies or public bodies (separate application through the ICI instrument)
- to Finnish municipalities (separate application through the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities)
- to Finnish businesses
- to the government, ministries or municipalities of the host country
- to an unregistered association or organisation (however, taking into consideration the special circumstances in the host country)
- to support the activities of a political party
- for basic research
- for single cultural events (that have no permanent impact)
- for charity
- for humanitarian aid
- in the form of a grant, scholarship or assistance for the applicant’s personal use;
- for purchasing land
- to a fund
- for building the capital of microcredit systems (however, development projects and training are possible)
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. Projects carried out under LCF funding strengthen the civil society and its members in the host country and support institutional and private-sector actors in projects with verifiable development impacts. Once-off events such as the organization of a conference are not supported through the LCF. Projects carried out under FLC funding must always be classified as development aid (including, for example, projects that support business partnerships) in accordance with the OECD/DAC ODA criteria.
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.
Applicants should first carefully consult the guidance notes below. Before preparing a project proposal, please contact the Embassy to check the availability of LCF funding.