Canada fund for local initiatives – Call for proposals for fiscal year 2017-2018

 The deadline for submission of applications is June 15, 2017

The Embassy of Canada in Amman, Jordan, is pleased to announce that it is accepting proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for the 2017/2018 fiscal year. Information regarding project eligibility, application procedures and the deadline for submission is found below.

Recipient countries: Jordan, Iraq, Syria

The CFLI is a funding mechanism managed by the Embassy of Canada in Amman, which funds small but visible, results-oriented, high impact projects in Jordan, Iraq and Syria. The CFLI seeks to support projects proposed and implemented by officially registered local and international non-profit NGOs, with a value of up to a maximum of $50,000 Canadian dollars. CFLI is a responsive, flexible program, enabling Canada to respond to local needs by working at the community level. Equally important, the CFLI serves to strengthen Canada’s relationships with civil society and local communities and to build networks of contacts in countries around the world. 

What types of projects will CFLI Fund?

Projects must address the identified needs of local communities and must fall within one of the 2017-2018 CFLI priorities:  

For Jordan and Iraq, the proposals must focus on at least one of the following two priorities:

  • Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality
  • Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity

For Syria, the proposals must focus on at least one of the following three priorities:

  • Championing inclusive and accountable governance, peaceful pluralism and human rights;
  • Promoting stability and security, including through local initiatives which bolster peace efforts;
  • Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality.

Emphasis will be placed on innovative, accountable and sustainable projects. Initiatives aimed at producing concrete results will be prioritized over sensitization workshops and training sessions with limited audiences. 

General guidelines

If your organization is interested in submitting a project proposal, please note the following:

  • The project proposed must conform to the principles and priorities of the Canada Fund and fall within at least one of the themes specified above;
  • The deadline for proposal submission is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2017 (local time in Jordan);
  • Proposals should be submitted electronically to the following addresses: copying the CFLI Coordinator at;
  • Application forms and financial templates (these must be used in applying) are available upon request at
  • Fill in all 3 forms provided (Application, Budget, Institutional check) answering all questions. Incomplete applications or applications not submitted on CFLI application forms will not be considered.
  • Incomplete applications or applications not submitted on CFLI application forms will not be considered.
  • Application forms must be completed in English, French or Arabic;
  • In your covering email, please state: which CFLI priority your project will address; where the project will take place; the approximate budget; and the date the project will be completed.
  • The maximum funding amount per project is CAD $50,000 (average value of projects is CAD $38,000);
  • All projects in Syria and Iraq must end by February 15, 2018 while all final reporting must be submitted no later than March 12, 2018.
  • All projects in Jordan must end by February 28, 2018 while all final reporting must be submitted no later than March 12, 2018.

Financial proposals should be presented in Canadian Dollars (CAD). The currency converter can be found at While funds may be issued in local currency, the total amount of the funding is the Canadian dollar sum in the signed contribution agreement.

CFLI only provides funding for project related expenses covered by a signed contribution agreement. The Canada Fund does not cover over-head costs such as those related to the administration of an organization, ongoing or recurring projects, large-scale construction, or general budgetary needs. 

All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and either 15 or 28 February 2018, depending upon the location of the project. 

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

  • Priority will be given to proposals from registered local non-governmental, community, educational and not-for-profit organizations operating in Jordan, Iraq and working on Syrian issues; however, Canadian and international NGOs operating in Jordan, Iraq and working on Syrian issues through local offices, as well as municipal governments in Jordan and Iraq are eligible to apply;
  • Projects must be local and be situated in Jordan and Iraq, or focus on relevant Syrian issues.

Applications will be assessed by early July for approval on their merits by a Project Review Committee. Final selection of projects will be made by the Ambassadors to Jordan and Iraq. Implementation could start in August-September 2017.

Due to the number of applications, only successful applicants will be contacted.  If you do not hear from us within six weeks, we regret that your application was not approved.

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