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Development Agencies

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Development Agencies can provide financial and technical support to regional actors. There are 26 different development agencies in Turkey. Each agency opens calls for grants at different times according to the needs of the region. Applications are made through the Development Agencies Management System (KAYS).
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About the Organization

Development Agencies, which started to be established and to operate under the coordination of the State Planning Organization (DPT), have been established to accelerate regional development, ensure its sustainability, and reduce interregional and intra-regional development disparities in line with the principles and policies stipulated in national development plans and programs by developing cooperation between the public, private sector, and Civil Society Organizations, ensuring proper and effective use of resources and activating local potential. Their main purpose is to use public resources in a way that can contribute to the development of the regions where they are located. 

Development Agencies can provide financial and technical support to regional actors. There are 26 different development agencies in Turkey.

Each agency opens calls for grants at different times according to the needs of the region. Applications are made through the Development Agencies Management System (KAYS). Further information about the grant calls can be followed from the website specified below for application.

TR1: Istanbul 

TR10: Istanbul – ISTANBUL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (ISTKA)

https://www.istka.org.tr/

TR2: Western Marmara

TR21: Edirne, Kırklareli, Tekirdağ - THRACE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (TRAKYAKA)

https://www.trakyaka.org.tr

TR22: Balıkesir, Çanakkale –  SOUTH MARMARA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (GMKA)

https://www.gmka.gov.tr/

TR3: Aegean 

TR31: Izmir – IZMIR DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (IZKA)

http://www.izka.org.tr/

TR32: Aydın, Denizli, Muğla – SOUTH AEGEAN DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (GEKA)

https://geka.gov.tr/

TR33: Afyonkarahisar, Kütahya, Manisa, Uşak – ZAFER DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (ZAFER)

http://zafer.gov.tr/tr-tr/

TR4: East Marmara

TR41: Bilecik, Bursa, Eskişehir –BURSA, ESKİŞEHİR, BİLECİK DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (BEBKA)

http://www.bebka.org.tr/

TR42: Bolu, Düzce, Kocaeli, Sakarya, Yalova –EAST MARMARA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (MARKA)

http://www.marka.org.tr/anasayfa

TR5: West Anatolia

TR51: Ankara – ANKARA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (ANKARAKA)

https://www.ankaraka.org.tr/tr

TR52: Karaman, Konya – MEVLANA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (MEVKA)

https://www.mevka.org.tr/

TR6: Mediterranean

TR61: Antalya, Burdur, Isparta – WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (BAKA)

www.baka.org.tr

TR62: Adana, Mersin – ÇUKUROVA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (ÇKA)

https://www.cka.org.tr/

TR63: Hatay, Kahramanmaraş, Osmaniye –EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (DOĞAKA)

https://www.dogaka.gov.tr/

TR7: Central Anatolia

TR71: Aksaray, Kırıkkale, Kırşehir, Niğde, Nevşehir –  AHİLER DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (AHİKA)

https://www.ahika.gov.tr/

TR72: Kayseri, Sivas, Yozgat – CENTRAL ANATOLIA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (ORAN) 

https://www.oran.org.tr/

TR8: Western Black Sea

TR81: Bartın, Karabük, Zonguldak – WESTERN BLACK SEA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (BAKKA)

https://www.bakka.gov.tr/

TR82: Çankırı, Kastamonu, Sinop – NORTHERN ANATOLIA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (KUZKA)

https://www.kuzka.gov.tr/

TR83: Amasya, Çorum, Samsun, Tokat – CENTRAL BLACK SEA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (OKA)

https://www.oka.org.tr/

TR9: Eastern Black Sea

TR90: Artvin, Giresun, Gümüşhane, Ordu, Rize, Trabzon – EASTERN BLACK SEA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (DOKA) 

https://www.doka.org.tr/

TRA: Northeastern Anatolia

TRA1: Bayburt, Erzincan, Erzurum –  NORTHEASTERN ANATOLIA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (KUDAKA)

https://www.kudaka.org.tr/

TRA2: Ağrı, Ardahan, Iğdır, Kars –  SERHAT DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (SERKA)

https://www.serka.gov.tr/

TRB: Middle Eastern Anatolia

TRB1: Bingöl, Elazığ, Malatya, Tunceli –  FIRAT DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (FKA)

https://fka.gov.tr/

TRB2: Bitlis, Hakkâri, Muş, Van – EASTERN ANATOLIA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (DAKA) 

https://www.daka.org.tr/

TRC: Southeastern Anatolia

TRC1: Adıyaman, Gaziantep, Kilis – SILK ROAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (İKA)

https://www.ika.org.tr/

TRC2: Diyarbakır, Şanlıurfa –KARACADAĞ DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (KARACADAĞ)

https://www.karacadag.gov.tr/

TRC3: Batman, Mardin, Şırnak, Siirt – DİCLE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (DİKA)

https://www.dika.org.tr/

About Application

Development Agencies can provide financial and technical support to regional actors. 

Financial Support: The financial supports that the agency can provide are divided into three as direct financial support, interest support, and interest-free loan support. 

Direct Support

The agency can provide financial support in return for projects through the project proposal call method within the scope of the support programs planned for certain periods. Applicants can apply for a project alone or together with other persons/institutions/organizations.

Projects that are entitled to financial support within the scope of support programs - with the exception of small-scale infrastructure projects - cannot exceed one year implementation period. For small-scale infrastructure projects, this period can be determined as a maximum of two years. Projects financed from another national or international source cannot receive financial support from the Development Agency.

Development Agencies carry out informative meetings and training on the application with the opening of the application. The applicant can make up to three applications for direct activity support within a year of activity and receive financial support for at most one activity in this activity year. The activity offers to exceed these limits and the same activity offers that have been rejected within a retrospective year will not be taken into consideration. 

Direct activity support

The direct financial support to be provided by the agency mainly consists of the support provided by the agency through the project proposal call method. However, the agency may exceptionally provide support in the form of direct action support (DFD), without calling for a project proposal and in order to ease some of the project preparation obligations and speed up the project support process. DFD is an exceptional support and the call for project proposal procedure is not applied in this type of support. Local administrations, universities, other public institutions and organizations, professional organizations in the form of public institutions, CSOs, unions and cooperatives can apply for this support.

Controlled project support

The purpose of the controlled project support to be provided by the agency is to realize projects that are important in terms of accelerating regional development, strengthening the competitiveness of the region, and improving the business environment in the region with the leadership and coordination of the agency.

Interest Support: It is the non-refundable aid that stipulates that the interest expenses to be paid by the real and legal persons with the purpose of profit in return for the loans they will receive from the relevant intermediary institutions for the projects specified in the protocol to be signed between the relevant intermediary institution and the agency.

Interest-Free Loan Support: It is a non-refundable aid that allows the agency to provide loans by the relevant intermediary institutions and to repay the financial support provided by the agency within the scope of the Development Agencies Project and Activity Support Regulation in installments without paying interest for the projects of real and legal persons with profit-making purposes specified in the protocol to be signed between the relevant intermediary institution and the agency.

Technical support

The purpose of the technical support to be provided by the Agency is to support the local actors in the region to their studies, which are important in terms of regional development, but encountered difficulties in the preparation and implementation stages due to lack of institutional capacity. No direct financial support is given to the beneficiary organization within the scope of technical support. The agency provides these supports basically with its own personnel within the framework of the existing budget and personnel possibilities. In case of necessity, technical support can be provided through service procurement. The provision of technical support through service procurement is decided by the Secretary-General, taking into account the workload of the agency staff and the quality of the support to be provided. In case technical support is provided through service procurement, the total cost of each technical support to the agency cannot exceed 15,000 TL.

Temporary expert staff cannot be assigned to the same beneficiary for more than two weeks in a year. Only Civil Society Organizations, local administrations, and local administration unions, universities, vocational schools, research institutes, professional organizations with public institution status, other public institutions and organizations can benefit from the technical support provided by the Agency. The agency can only provide technical support to activities in the following areas: Providing training, contributing to the preparation of programs and projects, assigning temporary specialist personnel, providing consultancy, lobbying activities, and capacity building activities such as establishing international relations.

The procedures, principles, and all necessary documents regarding the technical support activity are constantly published on the agency's website. Technical support applications are received continuously. However, applications are evaluated in two-month periods. These periods are January-February, March-April, May-June, July-August, September-October, and November-December. Applications received in one term are evaluated within the first ten days of the next term.

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