What is Financial Support (Grant)?
It is a non-refundable and direct payment to beneficiaries to support an activity to achieve a specific purpose.
What is Co-Financing?
Cash contribution committed by the beneficiary to be spent on projects or activities supported by the agency.
Who is the Beneficiary?
Development Agencies are real or legal persons who are entitled to receive support from the Agency within the framework of the Project and Activity Support Regulation.
How are Financial Support Programs Executed?
The agency, provided that it is clearly stated in the annual work schedule and application guide; It can provide financial support to the following types of projects and activities of private enterprises, non-governmental organizations, public institutions and organizations, universities, professional organizations of public institutions, local governments and their associations, cooperatives and their associations and other real and legal persons:
• Projects and activities that ensure the implementation of the regional plan and regional operational programs,
• Projects and activities that contribute to the development of the region's capacity for rural and local development, in accordance with the regional plan and regional operational programs,
• Projects that improve cooperation and partnership between public, private and non-governmental organizations,
• All kinds of strategy and plan studies, research, analysis and studies aimed at identifying the resources and opportunities of the region, accelerating economic and social development, increasing competitiveness and innovation capacity and increasing the impact and effectiveness at the national and international level,
• Projects and activities for the promotion and development of the region's business and investment opportunities,
• Projects and activities that will directly or indirectly support small and medium-sized enterprises and new entrepreneurs on issues such as management, production, promotion, marketing, technology, financing, organization and labor training,
• projects that contribute to providing the region to promote the activities related to bilateral or multilateral international programs in which Turkey participates and development projects under these programs and provide resources and activities,
• Projects and activities aimed at improving the project production and implementation capacity of institutions and organizations in the region, increasing their qualifications in service delivery, and developing human resources and institutional infrastructures.
What is the Project Call for Proposals?
The project call for proposals is the invitation of potential applicants, whose qualifications are clearly defined, within the framework of a specific support program, to submit project proposals in accordance with pre-determined topics and conditions.
What is the Project?
It is the whole of the activities that are selected by the project call for proposal and will be implemented in a specific time period in the relevant region.
What are the Eligibility Criteria of Applicants?
Eligibility criteria of applicants may differ depending on the goals and priorities of each support program. However, applicants must absolutely meet the following conditions:
• The project activity is within the duties and jurisdiction of the institution / organization offering the project,
• They are registered in the targeted areas or their headquarters or legal branches are located in these regions,
• It is directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project (together with its partners, if any), not acting as an intermediary.
In addition, applicants and partners should not be in any of the following situations in order to receive financial support:
• Those who have gone bankrupt or liquidated and whose work has been carried out by the trustee or guardian, who have made agreements with the creditors by declaring concordat, whose activities have been suspended or subject to a prosecution related to them, or those in similar situations stipulated in the legislation;
• Those convicted of a criminal offense related to professional activity with a final judicial decision (i.e. an appeal not possible);
• Those who have a final court order about them abusing their duties heavily;
• Those who continue their foreclosure proceedings due to social security premium or tax debt;
• Convicted with a judicial decision finalized for crimes such as fraud, corruption, and being in a criminal organization;
• Those found to have seriously violated the contract, not complying with any public procurement procedure or other financial support obligations.
At the time of the call for proposals, the applicants, who are in the situations specified in the articles below, cannot be entitled to participate in the call for proposals or receive financial support;
• Those who have a relationship of interest due to the proposed project;
• Those who make false statements during the provision of the information requested by the Development Agency as a condition of participation in the call for proposals or those who cannot obtain such information;
• Attempts to influence the evaluation committee or the Development Agency or obtain confidential information during the evaluation of current or previous calls for proposals.
In the cases mentioned above in articles (a), (c), (d), (f), (h) and (i), the prohibition to participate in the call for proposals is valid for a period of two years after the date of violation. The condition of not being able to participate in cases specified in Articles (b) and (e) is valid for a period of four years from the date of notification of the decision.
Within the scope of project calls for proposals to be made within the same calendar year, an applicant may apply for support to the relevant Agency for no more than four projects alone, and the relevant Agency may provide financial support to at most two of them.
Non-profit real and legal entities receiving financial support from the Agency cannot receive support from the same Agency for a calendar year following the support date. These issues are monitored through the information system and the stakeholder database. When support practices exceeding these limits are encountered, such contracts are terminated and the support provided is withdrawn.
Which Projects Are Eligible?
Appropriate project topics should be determined in line with the goal and specific objectives of the support program. However, the proposed projects should be in compliance with the legislation in all circumstances and should not include the following topics:
• Illegally ideologically inclined activities,
• Activities aimed at serving propaganda or a political view or supporting political parties,
• Individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences or congresses,
• Individual scholarships for education or courses,
• Redistribution of supports as grants or scholarships,
• Academic research and feasibility studies (if not part of a larger project),
• Projects proposing to finance the routine activities of local institutions, especially covering operational expenses,
• Projects initiated before the contract with the agency is signed or financed from other sources for the same activity.
• Projects financed from another national and international source cannot receive financial support from the Development Agency. However, the beneficiaries can obtain the co-financing amount that they have to cover through loans from banks or financial institutions.
What are the Eligible Costs?
In the support programs implemented by the agency, the following general conditions are sought to be accepted as a cost:
• Costs are based on actual costs (i.e. actual costs incurred during the implementation of the project), not lump sum costs (indirect costs, travel and daily costs).
• Realization of the project within the implementation period unless stated otherwise in the application guide (excluding final audit costs),
• Compliance with the necessary and realistic financial management principles for the implementation of the project; creating cost effectiveness,
• To be realized by the beneficiary or partner,
• be registered, identifiable and verifiable in the accounts or accounting documents of the beneficiary or partner; must be supported by original supporting documents.
How to Apply for Financial Support?
Applications for financial support programs in force by the Development Agency are made by submitting printed forms and handing them over to the Agency service building. Documents of financial support programs are obtained from the Agency's website or the Agency's service building. In addition, application guides can be provided at information and training meetings.
The deadline for application of the Financial Support Programs will be announced within the scope of the call for proposals, and notified to potential applicants verbally in all written documents, on the website of the Agency and in the application guides, and verbally at the information meetings. Projects submitted after this date and time are never evaluated by the Agency.
How are Applications Evaluated?
Stage 1: Preliminary Review:
The Agency conducts a preliminary examination on the applications made, such as the documents requested in the application guide are presented as correct, complete, signed, stamped and / or sealed and the compliance of the applicant, partners and project issues with the criteria specified in the application guide.
Stage 2: Technical and Financial Evaluation:
Applications approved as a result of the preliminary examination are evaluated by the Independent Evaluators in terms of technical and financial quality in accordance with the evaluation procedures and criteria specified in the Guidelines.
Stage 3: Control of Assessment:
Following the evaluations made by Independent Evaluators, the Evaluation Committee examines the evaluation studies and creates its recommendations and reports to the Agency Secretary General with successful project lists.
Stage 4: Reviewing Project Budget Amounts / Making a Preview Visit When Required:
The Secretary General may assign Agency personnel to make preview visits to measure the risk status of project proposals. It also examines or examines the budget items of the projects and the budget amounts envisaged for them separately. It revises the list of successful projects as a result of these reviews and presents them to the Board of Directors.
Stage 5: Board of Directors Approval:
After the Board of Directors approves the neutrality and consistency of the evaluation, the complementarity of the projects or the final list to be supported by taking into account the spatial and sectoral priorities of the region, the Agency provides financial support to the projects listed in the list, limited by the support grant foreseen in the budget for the project proposal call period. Applicants who are entitled to support are notified in writing and invited to sign the contract.
Direct Financing Support
Direct financing support is the support provided by the agency within the framework of certain procedures and rules.
Direct financing support mainly consists of the support provided by the agency through the project call for proposal method. However, the Agency can also provide direct support in the form of feasibility support and guided project support, without calling for a proposal and easing some of the project preparation obligations or directly managing the project preparation process.
The purpose of the technical support to be provided by the Agency is to provide training, contribute to the preparation of programs and projects, assign temporary advisory personnel, provide consultancy, lobbying activities for the local actors in the region, which are important in terms of regional development, but experience difficulties due to lack of institutional capacity. and providing support in matters such as international relations.
Technical support to be provided by the agency; Provided that any project published by the agency is not associated with the call for proposals;
The agency can provide only one financial support or technical support for the same project. However, this provision does not apply to guided projects.