Direct Financial Support
(1) Direct financial support, within the framework of the below stated principles and procedures of the agency, are the free aids provided for specific projects and activities.
(2) Direct financial support mainly consists of supports, which the agency provides through calls for proposals. However, as an exception, the agency can provide direct support in the form of direct activity support and guided project support without making a call for proposal in order to alleviate some of its responsibilities about project preparation or directly manage the preparation process.
(3) The agency can apply progressive calls for proposals by considering the target audience, scope of the support and application capacity of the potential beneficiary.
Application Guides
(1) Direct financial support to be provided by the agency for the beneficiaries are made available within the scope of principles and procedures stated in the application guides. The applicants are considered to accept all the issues stated in the application guide and the provisions of this Regulation. 

(2) The application forms and the annexes including application forms are prepared by the Secretariat-General in conformity with the provisions stated in this regulation, the regional plan and programs, the regional development strategies, the priorities of the annual work program of the agency and the criteria and standards specified in the Support Management Guide and the provisions of this Regulation. Application guides discussed and accepted by the Executive Board are sent to the Undersecretariat at least ten days before the call for project proposal in order to be approved in terms of priority area of support, applicant’s qualifications and support limits, and selection and evaluation criteria and to be offered for consideration about the other issues.
(3) The application guide and its content are not disclosed to the potential beneficiaries and those acting on behalf of them and to the public until the call for proposal is announced. Those acting otherwise will be punished by the required legal, punitive and disciplinary actions. The Undersecretariat and agency are obliged to take necessary measures to prevent any relationship based on self-interest and provide confidentiality during the preparation of the application guide and those who do not obey this will be punished by the required legal, punitive and disciplinary actions.

 

A). 1) . a) Call for Proposal
(1) The agency can either make a single call for proposal for a direct financing support it will provide during a work program period all at once or make separate calls for proposals for each of the financial support at the same or different times. The approximate calendars for the calls for proposals are determined in the work program of the agency. According to this calendar, the agency carries out the necessary preliminary preparations and announces the calls for proposals. Each call for a project proposal shall be announced at least in one local newspaper and on the websites of the agency and the Undersecretariat.
(2) The acceptance of the applications begins with the announcement of the relevant call for proposal. The duration between the announcement date and the final acceptance date for the call for proposal can not be less than forty five days and more than ninety days.
(3) The application guide and forms are made open to the access of the applicants through the General Secretariat, investment support offices and website of the agency. The application guide is produced in adequate numbers as printed and electronic copies and given to the potential beneficiaries free of charge.
(4) The secretary-general of the agency can cancel the call for proposal during any stage of the support process including evaluation and selection stages if they get the approval of the Executive Board and inform the Undersecretariat beforehand. In this case, no right or compensation can be asked for and this is clearly stated in the announcement for the call for proposal and application guide.
A) . 1) . a) .1) Progressive Call for Proposal
(1) The agency, in conformity with the regional plan and priorities of the work program, can apply progressive calls for proposals for the big budget infrastructure and administration projects and activities such as business development centers, technology development centers and techno parks that serve to develop the investment and business facilities of the region, activate its potential to compete, increase entrepreneurship and innovativeness, for the projects and activities intended to develop innovative support systems and intermediary support mechanisms in the form of sub-programs for the large masses of beneficiaries ,mainly those provided for the small and medium scale enterprises, and for the small scale infrastructure projects and activities of local administrations or for the other areas requiring detailed project preparation process.
(2) In the progressive calls for proposals, management, announcement and application processes are completed by following the same principles and procedures stated in this regulation. However, the duration to be offered for the preliminary project applications cannot be less than thirty days and more than forty-five days starting from the announcement date for the calls of projects.
(3) In the progressive call for proposal method, during the first stage, preliminary project applications that are prepared within the framework of the principles and procedures stated in the application guide for the potential beneficiaries are accepted.
(4) The preliminary project applications, according to the principles and procedures stated in the relevant articles of this regulation, are evaluated within an independent evaluation process. As a result of the selection and evaluation, a short list is formed from the preliminary project applications which are found adequate and suitable. However, the secretary-general can limit the number of the projects to be stated in the short list by being independent of the threshold value and considering the views of the Evaluation Committee and taking budget limitations, priority areas, quality of the call and such issues into account. In this case, the determination of a limited number of projects starts with the preliminary application that has the highest score. The short list is announced on the website of the agency following the approval of the secretary-general. The project owners in the short list are invited to submit their final project proposals.
(5) The duration to be given for the applicants in the short list can not be less than forty five days and more than ninety days starting from the announcement date of the short list.
(6) The final project applications are evaluated, again, in an independent evaluation process within the framework of the provisions in the relevant articles of this regulation and the projects to be supported are determined.

 

A) . 1) . a) . 2) Direct Activity Supports
(1) The agency can provide direct financial support for the activities that will provide contribution to benefit from important opportunities for the development of the region and in terms of competitive power, take urgent measures for the prevention of threats and risks towards the economy of the region, and launch and realize strategic actions that can be important for the region such as preliminary works like feasibility works in order to establish institutions such as business development centers, technology development centers, techno parks intended to develop research and planning works of critical importance and innovativeness and entrepreneurship capacity of the region, and affect and direct the large-scale investment decisions.
(2) Total annual amount to be allocated for the direct activity supports cannot be more than 2% of the annual expenditure budget of the agency. This rate can be increased up to 4% by the proposal of the secretary-general and approval of the executive board in case resource remains from the calls for proposals.
(3) The call for proposal procedure is not applied for this kind of supports. Maximum amount of support to be provided for each activity cannot be twice more than the upper limit of the purchases conducted according to the direct supply procedure determined for the administrations within the borders of the Metropolitan Municipality. In addition, the advance payment to be made can not exceed eighty percent of the amount of support.
(4) Each activity proposal to be prepared in conformity with the format specified in the Support Management Guide and submitted to the agency is evaluated within seven days starting from the application date by an at least three-person evaluation committee including the concerned agency specialists under the presidency of the secretary-general and submitted to the executive board for approval. Activity proposals are considered and resolved primarily by the executive board. In this kind of proposals, price offers stipulating co-financing are primarily supported.
(5) In this kind of supports, the beneficiary completes the liabilities of the contract within maximum three months and submits the final report to the agency.
(6) Only local administrations, universities, other public institutions, non-governmental organizations, unions and cooperatives can benefit from the direct activity support.
(7) Concerning the management process of the support, the provisions stated above is applied exactly the same way as long as the content is deemed suitable.

A) . 1) . a) . 3) Guided Project Supports
(1) The agency, provided that it is clearly stated in the work program, in order to accelerate regional development, can provide direct financial and technical support without applying the call for proposal for the projects including big budget infrastructure and/or enterprise support such as business development centers, technology development centers and techno parks to develop entrepreneurship and innovativeness in the region for the areas determined as a result of field works and in the regional plans, and fairs, trade centers, exhibition halls, labs and workshops which are open to the joint use of the enterprises. In these projects, sectoral specializations suitable to regional plan and strategies are encouraged.
(2) The agency can provide maximum ninety percent financial support per project regarding this kind of supports.
(3) The agency conducts the necessary coordination to determine the possible actors that will apply the project whose general framework is set forth starting from the creation of the first idea. In this kind of supports, universities, public sector, private sector and non-governmental organizations are encouraged for partnership.
(4) The agency requests from the possible project implementer or partners some works such as application projects, detailed plans, feasibility works, enterprise model and supply of co-financing and commitments related to the other cooperation procedures. In order for these works to be completed, the parties are given not more than one hundred and eighty days.
(5) This kind of projects are evaluated by an at least three-person evaluation committee including the concerned agency specialists under the presidency of the secretary-general and submitted to the executive board for approval. The agency submits the detailed plan and feasibility works found suitable as a result of the evaluation works to the approval of the Undersecretariat following the approval of the Executive Board.
(6) The qualities, procedures, principles and amount of support are determined in the annual work plan of the agency. The financial supports to be provided for the projects within this scope are met from the resource allocated for the small-scale infrastructure projects. The application period of this kind of projects cannot exceed two years.
(7) Regarding the management process of the support, the provisions stated in Articles 12 to 27 are applied exactly the same way for the guided project support applications as long as the content is deemed suitable.