Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)

For three decades, Canada has funded small-scale initiatives in developing countries through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). Through transfer payments (i.e. contribution agreements), the CFLI provides monetary assistance that covers all or a portion of the cost of initiatives that are comparatively modest in scope, scale and cost and that are usually conceived and  implemented by local authorities or organizations.

CFLI supports 5-10 local initiatives annually. On average, the allocated funds per initiative range from CAD $10,000 to $20,000. For instance, for an exchange rate of 1.35 Canadian dollars per CUC, the allocation per initiative would be between $7,407-$14,815 CUC.

CFLI Thematic Priorities for 2017-2018

Initiatives supported by the CFLI must be consistent with one or more of the following Canadian priorities:

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

The initiatives supported by the CFLI should promote gender equality and respect for the environment.

Term of Initiative

All initiative’s activities must be completed between the date of signature of the contribution agreement and February 28, 2018. Extensions to this date will not be considered. Final reports for initiatives must be submitted before March 16, 2018.

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

  • local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations,
  • local academic institutions working on local initiatives,
  • 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 initiatives, and
  • Canadian non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that are working on local development activities.

All initiatives must be approved by the corresponding Cuban governmental authority.

The majority of CFLI funding is to be directed toward local civil society organizations (including non-governmental organizations) and other institutions working at the local level. Other entities, such as international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional organizations can be eligible for a contribution, provided that they are working with local partners.

Similarly, municipal, regional or national government institutions may receive CFLI funding, provided that their initiatives are essentially local in nature.

Eligible Costs

  • administrative and overhead costs specifically related to the initiative,
  • 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 initiative,
  • security costs,
  • translation and interpretation fees,
  • domestic travel expenses, 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 initiative.

Ineligible Costs

  • 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
  • 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.

Please note that proposals that include major construction and / or major repairs will not be accepted. Proposals importing goods and equipment should provide evidence of the ability of the responsible organizations to implement it in a short period of time.

Humanitarian Reserve

The CFLI has reserved funds to deliver urgent, targeted responses to natural disasters or emerging crises, with a focus on small-scale humanitarian support. For an application at any time through the year, please contact Activities and reporting must still be completed by March 31, 2018.

For More Information

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