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Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) – China – 2016-2017

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (Canada Fund) provides small grants to support improved governance and civil society capacity building in China, in partnership with Chinese community groups, local institutions and non-governmental organizations.

The objective of the Canada Fund is to support small projects proposed and implemented by local organizations in China, such as local community groups or non-government organizations, local government institutions, and international or regional organizations working on local development activities in China. The Canada Fund provides one-time financial support for small-scale, short-term projects that address local needs and contribute to long-term development goals. The Canada Fund does not design or implement projects, but responds to requests that come directly from local communities. 

Since its establishment in China in 1985, the Canada Fund has supported well over 1,000 small-scale projects, predominantly in poor areas of rural western China. In 2016-2017 the Canada Fund will consider projects addressing improved governance, civil society development and rights protection for vulnerable groups from all regions of China, on a case by case basis.

The Canada Fund in China supports projects with an emphasis on improved governance and civil society capacity building in the following areas:

  1. Climate change, environmental sustainability and green economic growth;
  2. The empowerment of women and girls, and combatting gender-based violence;
  3. Protecting the rights of vulnerable groups, including LGBTI, ethnic and religious minorities, migrant workers and the disabled; and 
  4. Support for justice sector reform and the development of the rule of law.

Consideration will also be given this year to projects which include Corporate Social Responsibility as a cross-cutting issue (e.g., CSR and gender empowerment, CSR and inclusive workspaces for LGBTI/Minorities/Disabled etc.)

All projects should address considerations of gender equality, environmental protection, sustainability and participation of beneficiaries.

Project proposals that meet the Canada Fund’s 2016-2017 programming priorities and cross-cutting themes can be submitted to the Canada Fund coordinator for consideration. As a first step in the approval process, applicants are invited to submit a short concept paper (no more than 2 pages) outlining a proposed series of activities aimed at achieving certain objectives within a specific budget, and should include information on the beneficiaries as well as the applicant organization. Please note that all project activities for proposals submitted in 2016-2017 should be completed by February 28, 2017.  Applicants are advised to propose budgets in the range of 120,000 RMB. The maximum amount for the Canadian contribution is 300,000 RMB and the minimum amount is 65,000 RMB.  Proposals will be accepted until 5pm on July 1st, 2016.

For further information on how to apply to the Canada Fund and to obtain copies of the application template, please contact:


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