The Section For Turkish Swedish Development Cooperation

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Call for Applications 2018

The Section for Turkish-Swedish Development Cooperation hereby announces its call for applications for projects in 2018.

We welcome applications for projects that aim to:

- enhance opportunities to exercise human rights, especially freedom of expression, and advance democratic participation and accountability
- increase the political agency of women and girls, enhance their visibility as actors and provide forums where they can make their voices heard
- strengthen a pluralistic civil society and counter social polarization and discrimination
- cultivate a free and more informed public debate on human rights, democracy and the rule of law

We encourage projects that foster novel collaborations between different institutions and sectors of society; that include activities in multiple regions of Turkey;  that are co-funded with other grant makers. Gender equality should be integrated into the applicants’ organizational structure and working methods.

Deadline for Applications is 13 November 2017.
Applicants will be notified by 22 December 2017 about the results of their application.

Who can apply?
CSOs, foundations, associations, think tanks, academic, political and cultural institutions are welcome to apply. Applications from individuals or businesses are not eligible.

Application guidelines
In order for your project to be eligible for review by the Section for Turkish- Swedish Development Cooperation, you must complete the Grant Application Form, which you will find in the right column of this page.
Before filling out the application, we recommend that you read the full strategy here. If you are unsure whether your project qualifies for a grant, we recommend you to send a preliminary inquiry with a brief description of your project via email to the Section. Contact information can be found below.

The form must be completed in English.

Please note the mandatory documents that you need to include in your application, as stated in the application form.

Please attach a detailed project description to the application form.

The budget should be made in Turkish Lira.

The application must be signed by an authorized person.

The completed application form should be sent to the Section for Turkish-Swedish Development Cooperation (contact information below) by regular mail. The Section does not accept incomplete applications or applications sent by fax or by email.


Contact Information

Head of Section for Turkish - Swedish Development Cooperation
Andrea Karlsson
Tel +90 212 334 0620
Fax +90 212 334 0628

Information Assistant and Project Coordinator
Didem Özalp
Tel +90 212 334 0604
Fax +90 212 334 0628

Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul
Istiklal Caddesi 247
P.K. 125
Beyoğlu 34433 Istanbul


The Section for Turkish-Swedish Development Cooperation

The Section for Turkish-Swedish Development Cooperation has promoted collaboration between the two countries since 2001. Based at the Swedish Palace in Istanbul, the Section aims to support civil society organizations throughout Turkey, to function as a resource for our partners, and to provide a platform for public debate. Currently, the Section's activities are guided by the Swedish government's strategy for reform cooperation with Turkey for the period 2014-2020. You can find the strategy here.

This results strategy, formulated by the Swedish Government, guides the development cooperation of the Swedish International Development Agency SIDA (in Ankara), The Swedish Institute (in Stockholm), and the Section (in Istanbul).

The activities of the Section aim to achieve the following:

- a more pluralistic civil society with strengthened popular support, which promotes democratic accountability.
-that Turkey better fullfills its international and national commitments on human rights, gender equality (including the EU's strategy for equality between women and men) and non-discrimination.
- that women and men have, to a greater extent, the same power to shape society and their own lives.