Call for Proposals for the 2017-18 Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)

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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is a program designed to fund small-scale bilateral projects in Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement. The program is directed at projects conceived and designed by local entities. Projects are selected and approved by the relevant Canadian Embassy or High Commission. The CFLI also serves to support positive bilateral relations between Canada, recipient countries and their respective civil societies by deepening contacts and supporting local endeavours.

High Commission of Canada for Barbados and the OECS

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) program for the eastern Caribbean is administered directly through the High Commission of Canada for Barbados and the eastern Caribbean, based in Bridgetown, Barbados. The CFLI program is funded and administered separately from Canada’s Caribbean Regional Development Program, which covers the CARICOM countries.

2017-2018 Eligible Countries:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Montserrat (British Overseas Territories)
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) provides direct funding assistance to:

  • Non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations,
  • Academic institutions working on local projects,
  • International, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional institutions, organizations and agencies working on local development activities,
  • Municipal, regional or national government institutions or agencies of the recipient country working on local projects,
  • Canadian non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that are working on local development activities.

Thematic Priorities

Specific priorities areas are determined annually and act as selection criteria for project proposals. This year, the High Commission of Canada based in Barbados features a CFLI program whose priority are initiatives that focus on:

  • Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality
  • Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity
  • Promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change

The average contribution is expected to be in the range of CAD $15,000-$45,000 for each individual project. Larger projects may be considered on an exceptional basis, with appropriate justification for use of funds. Project must be completed in a maximum duration of six months (with activities completed by February 28, 2018). Requests for core funding will not be considered.

CFLI Eligible Costs

CFLI funds can be disbursed to cover costs that are integral to a project covered by a contribution agreement, such as:

  • administrative and overhead costs related to the project;
  • capital and/or operating expenditures related to the lease and/or purchase and/or building of infrastructure;
  • installation, maintenance, shipping and/or transportation costs, including fuel, computers and communication devices;
  • civic education costs;
  • conference and event expenditures;
  • hospitality costs, excluding alcoholic beverages;
  • training and capacity-building expenditures;
  • costs of services received by recipients;
  • outreach, communication and information dissemination costs;
  • environmental assessment costs;
  • advocacy and lobbying related costs;
  • legal costs;
  • accounting costs;
  • medical costs;
  • publishing costs;
  • radio and television broadcast fees;
  • facilities and equipment rental charges;
  • research-related costs;
  • salary costs relating to the project;
  • security costs;
  • translation and interpretation fees;
  • travel expenses, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class; only within the OECS countries.
  • lease or rental of vehicles;
  • vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance;
  • website development and related costs; and/or
  • miscellaneous expenses integral to the project.

CFLI Ineligible Costs

The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding:

  • nuclear technologies and facilities;
  • assistance to military or paramilitary organizations;
  • gifts;
  • luxury goods;
  • direct fiscal support to a government;
  • core funding or recurrent costs of an organization;
  • revolving funds, (that is, funds used to advance loans to individuals, i.e. microfinance),
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement or after it expires.

CFLI Applications and Process

All Applications must be submitted by Friday August 4, 2017

The CFLI Coordinator will work closely with applicant organizations utilising the Results-Based Management approach to strengthen the development and refinement of the project proposal to promising applications. This may involve collaboration to refine budget items, clarifying expected results, mitigating potential risks and strengthening the immediate expected results of the project. 

For additional information about the CFLI program, please contact:

Antimó Perretta, CFLI Coordinator
High Commission of Canada for Barbados and the OECS

Proposals must be submitted via a Project Application Form and Budget Template (provided).