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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

Call for Proposals until May 21, 2018

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) call for proposals for Brazil for is now open until May 21, 2018.

What projects can the CFLI support?

Projects activities must end on February 28, 2019.

The average contribution per project is between CAN $ 10,000 and CAN $ 20,000 (R $ 25,000 to R $ 50,000) per year of contribution.

All projects must achieve concrete, tangible and sustainable results, supporting at least one of the CFLI's priority themes.

What are the priorities of the CFLI?

The CFLI in Brazil will focus on the following themes in 2018-19:

  • Gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
  • Human rights (incl. rights of Indigenous people, migrants and visible minorities)
  • Democratic participation, diversity and the rule of law

Projects supporting the following themes will also be considered:

  • Peace and security, namely Women, Peace and Security (WPS) issues
  • Environment and climate change
  • Urgent and targeted response to disasters or emerging crises

Example of projects supported by the past

  • Providing emergency support for Venezuelan migrants in Northern Brazil through the distribution of food and hygiene kits and the installation of mobile infrastructures serving as a clinic and a school in shelters
  • Rehabilitating an indigenous community center, helping the community to reconnect with their culture and tradition, sell handicrafts, and thus better contribute to the local economy
  • Production of multimedia tools to raise awareness of decision makers and society on the difficulties faced by indigenous women.

What is the selection process?

Applicants will have until May 21, 2018 to submit their proposal using the attached template to:

The proposal document must be sent in Word format, and should not exceed 3 pages.

Only successful applicants will be contacted.

For additional information, please contact:

Eligibility criteria

Organizations eligible for the CFLI

  • Non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations
  • Local academic institutions working on local projects
  • International, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional institutions, organizations and agencies working on local development activities


Costs that 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,
  • international travel (limited cross-border travel within a region could be considered on an exceptional basis),
  • 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.

Examples of Eligible Costs:

  • administrative and overhead costs specifically 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, excluding for international travel, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class
  • lease or rental of vehicles,
  • vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance,
  • website development and related costs,
  • miscellaneous expenses integral to the project.


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