Embassy of Finland in Lusaka: Inviting Zambian CSOs for Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC)

Deadline: 5 June 2017

The Embassy of Finland, in Lusaka is inviting Zambian civil society organizations and private companies to apply for funding from the Fund for Local Cooperation with an aim to promote a more dynamic and responsible private sector.

The Embassy is particularly interested in initiatives that promote agribusiness and/or forestry, access to sustainable energy and/or waste management and recycling.

Project Types

  • Development, piloting or scaling up of commercial innovations that helps to improve the welfare of people in Zambia.
  • Feasibility studies for investment projects and/or business models. (Note: The Embassy will not consider concept notes for feasibility studies for concessional credit schemes and export credit schemes originating from Finland.)

Funding Information

  • The proposed budget range is from € 50 000 to € 150 000. The concept note should include a budget estimate.
  • The Embassy may fund 1-3 well-targeted, result-based projects with a duration ranging from 1 to 3 years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible Actors
    • Local civil society and private sector organizations, i.e. Chambers of Commerce, business associations, trade promotion agencies, training institutions, producer cooperatives, etc.
    • Local private companies, including cooperatives and social enterprises.
    • All actors should be registered entities with a good track record.
    • Support to local private companies’ for-profit operations and private sector business partnerships with Finnish companies and other commercial entities are subject to a number of special provisions in comparison with CSO applicants. FLC funding can also be granted to a private company with a not-for-profit project.
  • Eligible Projects
    • The proposed project contributes to the objectives of the Finnish Development Policy and of Finland’s country Program for Zambia, and the objective specified for this Call for Proposals.
    • The project leads to verifiable development and Human Rights impacts and fulfils the Official Development Aid (ODA) criteria.
    • The project is feasible, well-targeted and sustainable, with clear objectives and expected results.
    • The project can build on the current or earlier implemented initiatives/programs supported by Finland to further enable the sustainability of those interventions.

How to Apply

Proposals must be submitted via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Zambia

For more information, please visit Fund for Local Cooperation.

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