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Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

For over three decades, Canada has funded development assistance projects in developing countries through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).  The CFLI is a program that supports small-scale, short-term projects proposed and implemented by local NGOs that are legally registered with their respective governments. This program enables 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.

The High Commission of Canada in Kenya is responsible for the CFLI in Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and Somalia.  The CFLI program is directly managed by the High Commission.

2013-2014 call for proposals:

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development is launching a call for proposals in anticipation of the availability of funding. The call for proposals is provided for individual projects that are of a maximum duration of three months (with activities completed by January 31, 2014). Requests for core funding will not be considered. The average contribution is expected to be in the range of CAD $15,000-$20,000 for each individual project. Larger projects may be considered with appropriate justification for use of funds.

Once a thorough assessment of your application is done, you will be notified of the decision. There is no    need to contact the High Commission for updates on the status of your application.

  • Please note the deadline for proposal submission is September 13, 2013.

Fund priorities

Proposals submitted for funding must relate to one of Canada’s five development priorities:

  • Stimulating sustainable economic growth;
  • Increasing food security;
  • Creating opportunities for children and youth;
  • Advancing democracy, and;
  • Ensuring security and stability.

Of these priorities, the High Commission of Canada in Kenya puts a special emphasis on advancing democracy and ensuring security and stability, which includes the following: democratic governance; conflict prevention and resolution; broad support for human rights; interfaith collaboration and understanding, and; promotion of and respect for the rights for women and girls.

Eligible Recipients

Local civil society organizations (including non-governmental organizations) and other institutions working at the local level are encouraged to apply.  Other entities, such as international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional organizations can be eligible for a contribution, provided that they are working with local partners and on local projects that are consistent with Canada’s five development priorities. Similarly, municipal, regional or national government institutions may receive CFLI funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature.


All interested parties should request a project application form which will be provided by the High Commission and submitted it to:


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