Next Call for Proposals

KIOS does not have an open call for project proposals. Please follow our website and social media for updates.

Content

1. Funding Criteria for the Strategic Period 2016 – 2020

2. How to Apply

3. Reporting on KIOS Grant

1. The Funding Criteria for the Strategic Period 2016 – 2020

1.1 Who Can Apply?

·         Civil society organisations in KIOS’ focus countries and areas.

·         Working groups and networks of civil society organisations working on human rights issues in KIOS’ focus countries.

·         In exceptional cases, civil society organisations in exile may be supported, but only if their activities are targeted at a KIOS’ focus country.

·         Regional organisations based and working in KIOS’ focus countries and areas are eligible for funding.

An organisation may only have one ongoing project funded by KIOS at a time.

Organisations previously funded by KIOS can apply for new funding, but only after the previous project funded by KIOS has been completed. Each application will go through the same assessment process, regardless of whether the applicant has received previous funding from KIOS or not.

1.2 Who Can Not Apply?

KIOS does not provide funding for:

·         Individuals

·         For-profit entities

·         Religious communities

·         Political parties

·         Governmental (whether national or local) bodies

·         Exiled civil society organisations based in the Nordic countries

·         International non-governmental organisations (INGOs) with representation in developing countries are not eligible for funding, because KIOS can only support local organisations or networks working in developing countries

1.3 Types of Projects

KIOS supports human rights projects of civil society organisations.

Typical projects funded by KIOS include:

·         Human rights campaigning, lobbying and advocacy

·         Human rights monitoring and documentation

·         Human rights awareness raising and education

·         Providing legal aid and assistance

·         Capacity building

·         Public Interest Litigation

·         Improving Access to Justice and Services

·         Protection of Human Rights Defenders

·         Networking

·         Regional Cooperation

Funding is not granted for development work, educational projects (unless human rights education), social work, humanitarian aid, research projects or socio-economic support for marginalized groups.

Furthermore, KIOS does not grant scholarships, fellowships, or financial support for conferences or traveling. KIOS also does not give grants for individuals.

1.4 Geographical focus

For the strategic period 2016 – 2020 KIOS directs its funding to the following countries or regions:

In Eastern Africa: Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

In South Asia: Nepal, Sri Lanka and Tibetan organizations in exile.

Applications from other countries than KIOS’ focus countries will not be registered.

1.5 Priority Groups

KIOS aims at supporting projects that especially deal with the rights of the most vulnerable groups, such as women, children, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, human rights defenders and people living in extreme poverty.

1.6 Grant Limit and Budget

There is no set limit for the amount of the grant that can be applied for.

The budget must be presented in the local currency of the country.

The budget of the project should be realistic in relation to the local price level, the project activities and to the capacity and previous experience of the applicant organisation.

The grantee is expected to provide a self-financing share of a minimum 10 % of the total costs of the project funded by KIOS. The self-financing share should be clearly stated in the proposed budget. This means that if you are applying for a grant of 100 euros, then self-financing is 11 euros, and the total budget is 111 euros. The contribution in kind can be for example a certain amount of voluntary work or the use of the organisation’s existing resources such as office space for the project activities without an extra charge for the project.

1.7 Receiving Other Finnish Funding

Funding cannot be granted to projects or programmes that are already funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, for instance through Local Cooperation Funds of Finnish Embassies.

1.8 Project Duration

The first KIOS grant is always for a one-year (or shorter) project. Applications requesting funding for longer projects will not be registered or processed by KIOS.

If the applicant has received funds from KIOS previously, projects longer than one year can be considered.

1.9 Requirements

The KIOS Executive Board’s decisions on financial support are made on the basis of the project’s substance and feasibility, and applicant organisation’s capacity to carry out the project.

The following issues will be considered when deciding on the financial support:

·         The potential of the project to promote or protect human rights

·         The capacity of the applicant to carry out a human rights project

·         Expertise in human rights and previous experience of human rights work

·         Proven experience of project and financial management

·         Previous experience of projects funded by international agencies

·         The project objectives and their attainment through the proposed project activities

·         The budget of the project in relation to the local price level, the project activities and to the capacity and previous experience of the applicant organisation

2. How to Apply

2.1 Next Call for Proposals in 2017

KIOS does not have an open call for proposals. Please follow our website and social media for updates.

2.2 Application Form and Compulsory Attachments

KIOS accepts only applications submitted on KIOS Application Form. The Application Form can be downloaded here. The form can also be obtained from the KIOS office via email at kios@kios.fi.

(KIOS currently does not have an open call for proposals. The application form is not available at the moment.)

See also our Application Guide, it provides the most detailed information on applying for funds.

Application must be signed by a competent authority of the applicant organisation.

Compulsory attachments to the application are:

·         Project Budget

·         Two Written References for the project

·         Applicant Organisation’s Annual Budget

·         Applicant Organisation’s Statutes or By-laws

·         Applicant Organisation’s Registration Certificate

·         Applicant Organisation’s Annual Report

·         Applicant Organisation’s Latest Audit Reports (from the two previous years)

For the two written references use KIOS reference form.

2.3 Submitting Your Application

We register only complete applications, and kindly ask you not to send any concept papers.

Please note that only applications received before the deadline of a project proposal call can be registered and processed.

Only one application per organisation will be considered at a time.

The first KIOS grant can be for a one-year (12months or shorter) project. Organisations that have recently received KIOS funding are welcome to submit their applications throughout the year also outside the official call for proposals.

Due to the large number of applications we cannot comment the possibility of having a favourable outcome on your application.

KIOS accepts applications in English and in French.

Submit your application with the compulsory attachments by email to kios@kios.fi

2.4 Processing Your Application

Once your application has arrived to KIOS, it will be registered and you will be notified of registration. Each application will go through a review, which includes assessment of the project and the applicant organisation. Due to the large number of applications we cannot comment the possibility of having a favourable outcome on your application during the processing of the application. An 11-member Executive Board representing KIOS founder organisations will make the decision on the funding. The KIOS staff will contact you and inform about the decision after the board meeting. Processing an application takes usually 3 to 6 months. If you have questions on your application, you may address them to the KIOS’ email kios@kios.fi, and we will answer you as quickly as possible.

We assess the applications in the order they arrive. This means that the number of received applications determines the time for the evaluation. Due to the large number of project proposals KIOS receives and the limited amount of funds available, only a small percentage of the applicants are granted financial support.

3. Reporting on KIOS Grant

3.1 How to Report on KIOS grant?

There are usually two reports to be submitted, the interim report and the final report. The interim report is to be submitted once the first instalment of the funds has been exhausted. The final report is to be submitted once all the funds have been used and all the activities implemented. Both reports must include narrative and financial reports, as well as other specific material for each of them. You can read more from the KIOS Project Management and Reporting Guide.

3.2 What Does the Self-Financing Mean?

The self-financing means that the grantee must cover, at least, 10% of the total project costs. This share can be either in money or in kind. The contribution in kind can be, for example, a certain amount of voluntary work or the use of the organisation’s existing resources such as office space for the project activities without an extra charge for the project.

3.3 Does KIOS Grants Need to Be Audited?

The final financial report must include an audit and a Management Letter of the KIOS funded project. An external and impartial auditor, following the national legislation and approved principles related to auditing, should officially audit the accounts of the project. The costs of the audit can be covered by KIOS grant (if included in the approved budget of the project).

 

A question not answered in this section? Get in touch with kios@kios.fi.

 

 

Checklist for Applying

1. Familiarize yourself with the KIOS Project Funding and KIOS Application Guide.

2. Download KIOS Application Form or ask for the Application Form by sending us an email at kios@kios.fi.

(KIOS currently does not have an open call for proposals. The application form is not available at the moment.)

3. Carefully read through the Application Form Guidelines (attached to the Application Form).

4. Fill in the Application Form.

5. Check that you have attached the required documents to your application:

You may also attach other relevant additional documents.

6. For the two written references use KIOS reference form.

7. Send the application form and the required documents to KIOS by email.

Questions? Contact us at kios@kios.fi.