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Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - China - 2017-2018

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI, or Canada Fund) provides small grants to support improved governance and civil society capacity building in China, in partnership with Chinese community groups, local government institutions and international or regional organizations working on local development activities in China. The Canada Fund does not design or implement projects, but responds to requests that come directly from local communities.

In 2017-2018 the Canada Fund will consider projects that will support initiatives across China, in particular, in areas related to women and girls’ empowerment, gender equality, health, nutrition and education, human rights, and the environment (including clean technology), noting linkages to important work ongoing in other areas, such as trade and corporate social responsibility (CSR). The following are the CFLI priorities for 2017-2018:

  1. Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality;
  2. Promoting human development, specifically in the areas of health, nutrition, and education;
  3. Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity;
  4. Supporting inclusive and green economic growth;
  5. Promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change; and
  6. Promoting peace and security

As crossing-cutting themes, all projects should address considerations of gender equality, environmental protection, sustainability and participation of beneficiaries.

The following are the CFLI project selection screening criteria:

  1. Applicants’ credibility and capacities;
  2. CFLI project geographic distribution this year;
  3. Programming priorities;
  4. Objectives & relevance to the CFLI;
  5. Innovativeness;
  6. Budget rationality/value for money; and
  7. Operational Monitoring & Evaluation plan.

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. Applicants are advised to propose budgets in the range of 120,000RMB. The maximum suggested amount for the Canada Fund contribution to a project is 300,000RMB; the minimum is 65,000RMB.

Project proposals that meet the Canada Fund’s 2017-2018 screening criteria can be submitted to the Canada Fund Coordinator for consideration by the CFLI Project Selection Committee. As a first step in the approval process, applicants are invited to submit a short concept paper (no more than 2 pages – see template) 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. Concept Notes will be accepted until 5pm Friday, July 21, 2017.

Project implementation deadlines: Normally, all proposed project activities for CFLI 2017-2018 projects should be completed by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. On an exceptional basis, the 2017-2018 Canada Fund can consider project applications which extend beyond this date.

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


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