Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) provides support to small scale, short-term projects in the Pacific by working with local, national and international NGOs and other organizations. The CFLI focuses on funding projects with long-term, sustainable goals that enhance the local community. Recipient organizations are expected to make a contribution in cash or in kind. The program is widely recognized as making a significant contribution to genuine development and capacity-building in the region.

The program is managed directly by the High Commission of Canada in Canberra, Australia for projects in the following Pacific island countries:

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Vanuatu
  • Solomon Islands
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Federated States of Micronesia, and
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands

The High Commission of Canada in Canberra is particularly interested in receiving project proposals that focus on:

  • Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality;
  • Promoting human development, specifically in the areas of health, nutrition, and education;
  • Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity; and
  • Promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change

Projects that aim to build local NGO capacity, support cultural preservation, and have a broader regional reach are also of interest. Traditionally, the majority of projects supported fall in the C$5,000* to C$30,000 range (up to a maximum of C$50,000).

*(C$ = Canadian Dollars)

Funding for new projects is currently unavailable.

Call for proposals for the next funding cycle will commence in April 2018.

For additional information, including registering your interest for future funding opportunities, please contact the CFLI Coordinator:

CFLI Coordinator
High Commission of Canada
Commonwealth Avenue
Canberra, ACT, 2600
Telephone: (61 2) 6270-4020

Note: The High Commission of Canada in Wellington administers the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in the following countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa and Tonga. For further information or to submit a proposal, please contact:

CFLI Coordinator
High Commission of Canada 
PO Box 8047
Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: (64 4) 495-4102
Facsimile: (64 4) 479-9406