Finland Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Grants to civil service organizations in Finland and in partner developing countries for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources
Principal Office: Finland
The main goal of Finland’s development policy, coordinated by Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA), is to contribute to the eradication of the world’s extreme poverty. Finland subscribes to the UN’s Millennium Declaration and its principles.
Environment and sustainable development figure prominently in Finland’s development cooperation. Leading themes include energy; agriculture and rural development; forestry; water and sanitation; and environment and climate.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 — Partnership Agreements with Finnish Development Organizations. Through the MFA, the government of Finland offers several funding mechanisms for Finnish civil society to participate in development assistance. The MFA channels a large share of its NGO funding to a few Finnish organizations which have long-term partnership agreements with the Ministry. These are mainly organizations which provide humanitarian and social assistance in developing countries.
2 — Support for Special Foundations. The MFA provides multi-annual funding to three intermediary foundations in Finland, which in turn administer grant programs for applicants from the developing countries. The program important for “green sector” projects is the Siemenpuu Foundation.
3 — Grants to International NGOs. The MFA is willing to consider applications from international and regional NGOs when their activities are consistent with Finnish development policy, and when these international NGOs are the best choice for promoting particular objectives.
4 — Local Cooperation Funds. Finnish embassies make grants to educational institutions and other civil society organizations in support of Finland’s development cooperation at the country level.
Link to Finland’s diplomatic missions
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Finland’s bilateral partner countries for long-term development cooperation are indicated below.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Myanmar, Vietnam
South Asia: Nepal
Eurasia and Central Asia: Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
Eastern Europe and Russia: Ukraine
Sub-Saharan Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia
Note: The Local Cooperation Funds, administered by Finland’s embassies, are available in various developing countries not included in this list.
The Ministry’s website is available in Finnish, English, and Swedish.
In addition to the grant-making programs above, the MFA coordinates with other Finnish and international organizations to fund the following:
Grant seekers may benefit by information from KEPA – which is Finland’s Service Center for Development Cooperation, financially supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. KEPA’s role is to strengthen Finnish civil society for work in international development. KEPA also builds the capacity of partner organizations in developing countries (the “South”).
Another reference is KEHYS, which is Finland’s NGO platform to the EU. It focuses on NGO advocacy, networking, and learning opportunities for about 40 Finnish organizations in collaboration with European partners.
Study in Finland is a website of English-language degree and non-degree programs; information about Finland’s higher education institutions; and a guide to scholarships, admissions systems, and living in Finland.
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