The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is an important component of Canada’s international development assistance agenda. It was created by the Canadian government to support the implementation of projects designed by local civil society organisations.

Thanks to the CFLI, Canada has funded development assistance projects in over 120 countries. This is a unique initiative within the array of Canada’s international assistance programs as most of the decisions are made at missions and the projects are conceived and designed locally, making the CFLI highly responsive to local needs and interests.

Over the years, the CFLI has not only provided significant assistance to people in the developing world, but also helped to forge Canada’s relationships with those countries, their civil societies and their institutions. Since 2007, nearly C$820,000 have been invested in 46 projects in Chile.

The 2014 Canada Fund for Local Initiatives supported 5 projects in Chile

The 2015 Canada Fund for Local Initiatives supported 6 projects in Chile

Closure of the 2016-2017 CFLI Call for Proposals

Thank you for your interest in the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. Please note: the 2016-2017 call for projects has now closed. We will inform those organizations which have applied for CFLI funding as to the status of their application during the month of July 2016.

Questions regarding the CFLI should be addressed by email, to the appropriate CFLI Coordinator at Please note, it is not possible to respond to queries on the CFLI by calling the Embassy.


Reflecting the priorities of the government of canada and of canada-chile bilateral relations, projects supported by the CFLI in 2016-2017 must fall under one or more of the following themes: 

  1. Supporting indigenous communities’ participation towards inclusive governance, enhancing their capacity to actively participate in consultation processes regarding projects in their region and their democratic participation in the country.
  2. Championing peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity, in particular the promotion of the rights of lgbts, immigrants and refugees.
  3. Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
  4. Addressing climate change and enhancing environmental sustainability
  5. Stimulating sustainable and green economic growth with initiatives targeting vulnerable

Only proposals dealing with these themes will be considered.

Please note

  • Selected cfli projects should not start before july 2016 and all project activities must be completed no later than February 17th, 2017.
  • Preference will be given to work with organizations that were not funded by the cfli in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
  • The maximum allowable amount is 25,000 canadian dollars per project.
  • The project should have, in principle, contributions from other parties (in cash, in-kind, in time or other type of contribution) of a minimum of 30% of the total amount requested.

Application process

Organizations interested applying for project funding through the canada fund should fill the application form. The completed form must be sent to before Sunday June 12th, 2016, at 23:59.

For questions, please contact:

We hope to inform those organizations which have applied for cfli funding as to the status of their application in July 2016.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Chilean non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations;
  • Chilean academic institutions working on projects in chile;
  • International, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional institutions, organizations and agencies working on development activities in chile;
  • Chilean municipal, regional or national government institutions or agencies working on local projects, and
  • Canadian non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that are working on development activities in chile in cooperation with local partners.

Eligible costs

CFLI funds may be used to finance the following expenses if they are used in the implementation of the project:

  • 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 within chile, 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; and
  • Miscellaneous expenses integral to the project.

Ineligible costs

  • Loans in cash;
  • Food donations;
  • Basic scientific research;
  • Nuclear technologies;
  • Military assistance;
  • Industrial cooperation;
  • Direct support to governments;
  • Salary of permanent staff of implementing organization;
  • Recurrent costs of the organization such as: rent, electricity, water, phone, internet, etc.;
  • Administrative costs not directly related to project implementation;
  • Purchase or rental of property or land;
  • Purchase of vehicles;
  • Luxury items;
  • Private expenditure on food and personal items;
  • Scholarships; and
  • International travels.